France

Nearly 30 priests have been convicted over the past decade in pedophilia cases. One, the Rev. Rene Bissey, received an 18-year sentence after being convicted of raping or molesting 11 boys in the mid-1990s. The priest's bishop, Pierre Pican, received a suspended sentence for keeping the cases a secret, the first such conviction worldwide and the first time in more than 150 years that a high-ranking clergyman in France was found guilty of a crime. He received a three-month suspended sentence. But French courts have dismissed cases from the 1970s, arguing they occurred too long ago.