Wednesday, December 7

Jesús Linares dies, the de la Salle religious who raped Alejandro Palomas

The former teacher and brother of La Salle Jesús Linares, who sexually abused and harassed at least fifteen students during his career at the Premià de Mar and Montcada i Reixac schools, has died at the age of 90. One of his victims was the writer Alejandro Palomas, who was the first to break a decades-long silence around this pederast.

The priest who raped Palomas continued with the abuse in another school: “He grabbed my breasts hard and I couldn’t react”

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Following Palomas’ testimony, an investigation by uncovered fifteen abuses committed by the religious between the 1970s and 2007 and 2008, including cases in which the family reported him to the de la Salle management and this one was limited to change it of class.

The death of Linares, who remained in a residence for retired brothers of La Salle in Cambrils, has put an end to criminal proceedings. The religious always denied the accusations, despite the extensive list of testimonies reported by this newspaper.

Most of the abuses of this religious, committed between the 70s and 90s, were prescribed, but two more recent former students denounced him, for cases that occurred in Premià between 2007 and 2008, and therefore the Mossos d’Esquadra They kept an investigation open. Already retired, Linares had returned from the Salle de Montcada to the Salle de Premià, and there he had taken charge of an infirmary where he had continued to touch the children.

Palomas publicly denounced having been raped at the hands of Linares in the mid-1970s. The now writer, who was nine years old at the time, was repeatedly abused by the priest in his office, but was also sexually assaulted during a night spent in the infirmary at a summer camp. Palomas also reported it to the Mossos, but the case was shelved because it was time-barred.

Those who treated him remember Linares as one of the brothers with the greatest gift with people, seductive and very affable with the students. One of his usual practices in Premià was to punish the children to stay at school in the afternoons or on Saturdays and there he groped them. In Montcada, where he was transferred after the Palomas case, he camouflaged his practices and abused, above all, female students, whom he forced to explain his intimacies and whom he also groped.