Berlusconi Found Guilty, Gets 7 Years in Sex Case

Former Italian prime minister also barred from running for office

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 24, 2013 11:14 AM CDT

(Newser) – Silvio Berlusconi's alleged sexcapades earned him a seven-year prison romp today, as a Milan court found him guilty of paying an underage prostitutenamely Karima El Mahroug, aka Ruby the Heartstealerfor sex at one of his infamous "bunga bunga" parties. The court also found the former Italian prime minister guilty of abuse of power, for helping to spring Miss Heartstealer from jail following a theft arrest, Reuters reports.

In addition to the seven years in jail, the court banned Berlusconi from public office. But Berlusconi has the right to appeal the sentence, and he won't be locked up until that appeal is resolved.

Presiding judge Giulia Turri reads the virdict against Silvio Berlusconi in the courtroom in Milan, Italy, June 24, 2013.
Presiding judge Giulia Turri reads the virdict against Silvio Berlusconi in the courtroom in Milan, Italy, June 24, 2013.   (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
The notice hanging on the front door of the courtroom, displaying Silvio Berlusconi's name as defendant, is shown in Milan, Italy, Monday.
The notice hanging on the front door of the courtroom, displaying Silvio Berlusconi's name as defendant, is shown in Milan, Italy, Monday.   (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Silvio Berlusconi is seen in this file photo.
Silvio Berlusconi is seen in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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