Two Roman Catholic priests were each sentenced to more than 40 years in prison in Argentina for sexually abusing deaf children, a court in the western city of Mendoza ruled Monday, November 25th.
On Monday, the court in the provincial capital Mendoza sentenced Argentine priest Corbacho to 45 years in prison.
The 59 year old was found guilty of sexually abusing children at the Instituto Antonio Provolo de Mendoza in the city of Luján de Cuyo.
He had been investigated for abuses at the institute’s school in Verona, Italy, in the 1970s, but was never charged.
Argentine priest Horacio Corbacho was sentenced to 45 years in jail, while a 42-year sentence was imposed on Italian Nicola Corradi for the abuse of some 20 children at the Provolo Institute for deaf and hearing-impaired children between 2004 and 2016.
The court said the sentences took into account the aggravating circumstances that the priests were responsible for the children’s wellbeing, as well as the fact that the victims were minors. The institution’s gardener, Armando Gomez, was also jailed for 18 years for sexual abuse.
Apart from the gardener, several other staff at the school were taken into custody after the allegations of abuse first came to light in 2016, and the institute, 1,000 kilometers west of Buenos Aires, was shut down.