His disregard for the law put him in prisons across Italy and Malta.
Roberts and his family left for Malta, where he is teaching a course, the day after the ruling.
On April 17 and 18, the pope will travel to Malta where a growing number of alleged abuse victims are coming forward.
Mediterranean island, from Latin Melite, perhaps from Phoenician melita, literally "place of refuge," from malat "he escaped."
Note: Malta, strategically located, has belonged to a succession of civilizations, including the ancient Greeks and the Roman Empire. In 1800, the British established control of Malta, which, since its independence in 1964, has continued to maintain close ties with Britain.