VATICAN CITY, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- The Vatican announced Tuesday that defrocked archbishop to the Dominican Republic Jozef Wesolowski has been placed under house arrest while awaiting trial on sex abuse charges.
A church tribunal found him guilty of sexually abusing young boys and stripped him of his title and all of his priestly duties and powers -- a measure known as laicization.
Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, said Vatican officials acted according to the "will expressed by the pope, that such a grave and delicate case might be addressed without delay, with the just and necessary rigor, with the full assumption of responsibility by the institutions of the Holy See."
Pope Francis has vowed to crack down on sexual predators in the church after a series of scandals and amid accusations the church has been protecting abusers.
Wesolowski will be tried under Vatican City State laws and, if convicted, could spend time in an Italian prison.