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Children living at Casa Pia de Lisboa

1981 Jan 1


Casa Pia de Lisboa

In 1981, Portuguese Judiciary Police accused the caretaker of a Casa Pia state-run children's home of raping dozens of children over a period of 30 years, and supplying children to several men of both Portuguese and other nationalities, including some prominent personalities of Portugal. At the time, Portuguese Judiciary Police had possession of photographs taken by one of four men accused sexually abusing young children. These pictures inexplicably disappeared from the police files and the case against the caretaker was dropped.

The scandal of alleged sexual abuse at the state-run Casa Pia orphanages resurfaced when several former orphanage children came forward with accusations of abuse. The accusations linked some politicians, diplomats, and media celebrities — all of whom were alleged to have conspired in a pedophilia ring that had operated for decades. The scandal broke in September 2002 when the mother of one alleged victim, known as Joel, complained of abuse by staff at a Casa Pia house.


Title Publication date
Relief follows Portugal abuse trial 2010 Sep 4
Six men jailed for Portugal child sex abuse 2010 Sep 4
7 found guilty in Portugese sex abuse case 2010 Sep 3
Great and good await child sex verdict 2008 Dec 9
Top comedian denies Casa Pia connection 2006 Dec 9
Portuguese state ordered to pay sexual abuse compensation 2006 Mar 9
Portugal 'abuse victims' in court 2005 May 2
Reports of child abuse trebled since Casa Pia scandal broke in Portugal 2005 Feb 28
TV star in child abuse case 2004 Nov 26
Portugal braced as child prostitution ring trial opens 2004 Nov 26
Portugal child sex trial begins 2004 Nov 25
Chat-show host goes on trial over 'orphan sex ring' 2004 Nov 25
Major paedophile court case opens in Portugal 2004 Nov 25
Portuguese TV star on child sex charges 2004 Jun 2
Portugal child sex case dropped 2004 Jun 1
Portuguese Socialist MP to return to politics after paedophilia charges dropped 2004 Jun 1
Portuguese judge orders seven people to stand in paedophilia trial 2004 May 31
Alleged victims in Portugal's sex abuse scandal want all suspects to stand trial 2004 May 31
Portuguese MP asks for suspension of his mandate 2004 Jan 8
Portuguese president calls for restraint over paedophilia case 2004 Jan 6
Ten charged in Portuguese paedophile ring scandal 2003 Dec 31
Celebs Named In Portugal Sex Probe 2003 Dec 30
After an investigation that shook Portugal, indictments issued in pedophile ring 2003 Dec 30
Former diplomat to SA in child-sex scandal 2003 Dec 30
Attorney general lists charges in Portugal's paedophilia probe 2003 Dec 29
Formal charges filed against main suspects in Portugal's paedophilia probe 2003 Dec 29
Portuguese opposition leader survives confidence vote 2003 Oct 24
School sex abuse shocks Portugal 2003 Oct 19
Portuguese judge orders release of second detainee in paedophilia probe 2003 Oct 18
Former Portuguese minister in pedophilia probe released on appeal 2003 Oct 8
Portugal reeling over child sex abuse scandal 2003 Jun 16
Portugal's socialist leader says truth will out on testifying in pedophile probe 2003 Jun 4
Party chief called to testify in Lisbon child sex scandal 2003 Jun 4
Prominent figures detained as child-sex scandal rocks Portugal 2003 Jun 4
Portuguese TV celebrity says he is a defendant in paedophilia case 2003 May 30
Portuguese president expresses confidence in justice system 2003 May 29
Portugal rocked by child sex scandal 2003 May 29
Portugal rocked by child sex scandal 2003 May 29
Better Late than Never 2003 May 28
Portuguese Socialist leader to make statement "as witness" in paedophilia case 2003 May 27
Ex-Minister held in child sex ring case 2003 May 25
Portuguese Socialist leader denounces slander campaign against him 2003 May 25
Portuguese president urges calm, restraint over ongoing criminal investigations 2003 May 24
Portuguese socialist leader denounces "plot" against his party 2003 May 24
Portuguese attorney-general denies allegations against Socialist leader 2003 May 24
Leading Portuguese Socialist kept on remand 2003 May 22
Portuguese Socialist MP denies involvement in paedophile case 2003 May 21
Portuguese president vows full investigation in child sex scandal 2002 Nov 28
Former Portuguese official hands files to police in paedophilia affair 2002 Nov 27
Portuguese minister to dismiss remaining children's charity managers 2002 Nov 27
Portugal's elite linked to paedophile ring 2002 Nov 27
Paedophilia reports at Lisbon boys' home rock Portugal 2002 Nov 26