A court in Argentina has sentenced Father Julio Cesar Grassi to 15 years in prison on charges he sexually molested a boy in 1996.

Grassi has consistently claimed his innocence and did so again while addressing the court.

It is a lie, what they say, Grassi said. I have no trace of pedophilia and no trace of being a sex abuser.

Grassi was immediately led out of the courtroom in police custody after the sentencing.

Supporters of Grassi lashed out at the press as they made their way out of the courthouse after the sentencing.