Prosecutor charged with trading favours for sex suspended
'A gentleman who always put duty first' says lawyer23 January, 19:46
Roberto Staffa faces charges of extortion, bribery and disclosing secret information under an order issued by the investigating magistrate of Perugia, brought in to head the Rome inquiry.
It is alleged that Staffa traded information and favours in exchange for sex.
Staffa's suspension from work was automatic, and the ministry of justice has also asked the magistrate from Perugia to consider other disciplinary actions.
Charges came after investigators placed listening devices in Staffa's office where sexual activity was recorded. Meanwhile, his lawyer Salvatore Volpe said he has not yet viewed all the paperwork in the case, but said his client was "an absolute gentleman". "I must...point out that Staffa is an absolute gentleman, a magistrate who has consistently put duty and professional commitments ahead of personal needs".