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Convicted Pedophile Beaten To Death By Angry Parents

| by Brendan Kelly

A convicted pedophile in Argentina was beaten to death by a group of furious parents during a church concert.

Marco Fabian Pecollo, a trumpet player at a suburban Buenos Aires-area church, was playing at a church concert on Oct. 30, when a group of angry parents stormed into the church. 

"There is a pedophile and a rapist in the church and he is playing in this orchestra," some of the parents yelled, according to KTLA.

Pecollo, a former preschool music teacher, reportedly tried to flee when the parents interrupted the concert, but the parents blocked him and started beating him. One parent allegedly beat him with his own trumpet.

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Pecollo had sexual abuse allegations dating back to 2007, when a mother accused him of sexually abusing her 4-year-old son, reports WGHP.

After that accusation, more than a half dozen families said the preschool teacher sexually abused their children.

In 2010, Pecollo was found guilty of the sexual abuse of five children -- all aged between 3 and 5 -- and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. But in 2014, his sentence was reduced and he was released from prison.

According to The Washington Post, the convicted pedophile was taken to a nearby hospital after the beating, where he later went into a coma. He died form his injuries in early December.

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The priest at the church where Pecollo played trumpet told local news that the parents who beat him were parents of students at the preschool where he formerly taught music classes.

"I think they came to kill him," the priest, Jorge Oesterheld, told local news. "If there hadn't been people that defended him, and that left injured for defending him, they would have killed him there, behind the altar."

Oesterheld condemned the beating, saying that the parents "took justice into their own hands, but it was revenge, it was murder."

He added, "The boys not only suffered the abuse but now have their parents involved in a suspicion of murder. Really, if we think about those kids, it's a nightmare."

By the time police arrived at the scene, the group of parents had left the church. 

The incident is still under investigation and no suspects have been arrested in connection with the fatal beating.

Sources: The Washington Post, WGHPKTLA / Photo credit: Twitter via KTLA

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