Politician Offered Women Homes In Exchange For Sex

Politician Offered Women Homes In Exchange For Sex

Five women - three immigrants and two Italians - have come forward to speak out against their treatment by Ivo D'Agostino, a councillor in the town of Chieti, AbruzzoIvo.

D'Agostino, 51, is also accused of bribery, attempted bribery and sexual violence. 

One of the women has reportedly been visiting a psychologist following the incidents.

The first complaint against the councillor was made on June 6th by a Cuban woman.

Over the following weeks, Catholic organization Caritas worked with the authorities to compile the testimonies of the Cuban woman and four other women - from Poland, Romania and two from Italy.

They were all "poor, young mothers and often without work."

D'Agostino allegedly met the women in council offices and quickly told them his intentions.

The advances were made in such a demanding manner "that the victims were certain of what he was proposing."

The married father of four has been put under house arrest and denies the allegations.

Umberto Di Primio, the town's mayor, said he had full confidence in the judiciary and hoped that D’Agostino could prove he was not guilty.

In addition to housing policy, D'Agostino was also in charge of civil protection, health and hygiene, and transport at Chieti council.

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