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Priests on trial for abusing deaf children

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Mendoza, Argentina – Two priests and a gardener have appeared in court in the Argentinian city of Mendoza accused of sexually abusing deaf children in their care.  A AFP reports, the case has sent shock waves through the Catholic church in Argentina.

The Italian priest Nicola Corradi and the Argentine Horacio Corbacho , together with the former gardener, Armando Gomez, are accused of sexual abuse, corruption of children  and mistreatment at a Catholic school for deaf children. Theu could face up to 50 years in jail.

The case relates to the abuse of nearly 20 children from the Provolo Institute in the Western city of Mendoza, which Corradi headed until his arrest.  The closed door trial expected to last two months will hear testimony from 13 victims, who suffered abuse between the ages of 4 and 17.  Last year former alter boy Jorge Bordon  admitted to abusing five victims and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

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