Local August 25, 2014 | 12:35 am

Wesolowski’s sexual victims give details to the NYT

Santo Domingo.- The charges for child sexual abuse, hanging over the Vatican’s ex-ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Jozef Wesolowski, have fueled the debate about the diplomatic immunity the Pope’s former envoy enjoys, which prevents him from being tried outside the Vatican.

In its Sunday edition the U.S. newspaper The New York Times published an article that highlights how Wesolowski walked in the area of the monument to the 16th-century Spanish friar Antonio de Montesinos, on the Malecon of Santo Domingo, in search of minors to commit sexual acts.

According to the article, the boys say he gave them money to perform sexual acts. They called him “the Italian” because he spoke Spanish with an Italian accent.

“He definitely seduced me with money,” Francis Aquino Aneury told The New York Times. He was 14 when the man he met shining shoes began offering him increasingly larger sums for sexual acts. “I felt very bad. I knew it wasn’t the right thing to do, but I needed the money.”

Aquino, now 17, told the newspaper that Wesolowski always chose a bench that would allow him to see the rare visitor coming up the staircase, and would watch the boy masturbate, would touch him or would touch himself, and other times they went to the rocky beach below the statue.