Catholic priests arrested for sexually abusing 30 disabled children
November 30, 2016
The Argentine authorities have arrested two Catholic priests for forcing children at a school for the hearing impaired to have oral sex with each other, officials said Wednesday.
The scandal at the Provolo Institute in the western city of Mendoza erupted when a mother went to the authorities to report that her son was being forced into sexual acts with other pupils during school hours as the priests and staff watched.
The victims ranged in age from 10 to 12 years old.
Investigators said they had corroborated the report in interviews with some 30 pupils.
The priests, aged 55 and 82, were charged with aggravated sexual abuse along with two employees.
“The children said (the accused) would take them to a place called ‘God’s little house’ inside the institute, where they would put them and watch them,” prosecutor Fabricio Sidoti said.
Classes at the institute have been suspended.