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  • Caccioppoli, Raphael
  • Alias(es): n/a
  • Gender: Male

Case summary

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06/01/08 New Zealand

LDS Raphael Caccioppoli admitted to 13 charges of child sexual abuse which included
committing indecent act on a boy under the age of 10 and 12. “A source close to the Latter-
day Saints told the Sunday Star-Times Caccioppoli had told church social agencies and

leaders about his offending and was told to “try harder”.. “The LDS church excommunicated
the Justice Ministry judicial officer (Caccioppoli) following a church court hearing in June last
year.” “Police become aware of his offending only after a tip-off from one of his associates in
September.” CACCIOPPOLI-Ralph Cacciopoli 2.pdf

“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was criticised for trying to deal with sexual
offending by Raphael Guiseppe Caccioppoli, 37, who was sentenced to five years in jail”
“Judge Robert Wolff blasted the church.” CACCIOPPOLI-Ralph Caccioppoli 1 .pdf

“The Church of Latter-day Saints knew its Sunday School teacher Raphae Caccioppoli had
a history of sexual offending against boys but didn’t tell police because it did not think it
legally had to.” CACCIOPPOLI-Ralph Caccioppoli 2 pdf

“The court was told the church knew Caccioppoli had sexually offended against boys but did
not tell police” CACCIOPPOLI-Ralph Caccioppoli 3.pdf

“In 1998 he told a Bishop in the North Island about his offending on the 12-year-old boy, one
month after the offending took place. The police only became involved after Caccioppoli
went to them in August 2007 amid fears allegations of other offending had been made
against him.” CACCIOPPOLI-Ralph Caccioppoli 4.pdf

“North Island Church leaders never let on they knew Caccioppoli had sexually abused boys
in the past. They never told her family when they first opened up their home to him and
they didn’t tell the parents of the Sunday school children he taught.” He was finally

excommunicated in 2007 after all had become public. CACCIOPPOLI-Ralph Caccioppoli


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LDS mission information

The accused did not serve a full-time LDS mission.

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LDS church response(s)

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  • Alleged failure to report by local LDS leaders? no
  • Alleged misconduct by local LDS leaders? no
  • Alleged misconduct by global LDS leaders? no

FLOODLIT is not aware whether the Mormon church paid any settlement amounts related to this case.

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