A JAPANESE nun has been arrested and charged on suspicion of helping priests sexually abuse deaf children at an Argentinean school.
Kosaka Kumiko was accused of helping priests with anal and vaginal rapes, fondling and oral sex, which were allegedly committed in the bathrooms, dormitories, garden and a basement at the Antonio Provolo Institute for children in Lujan de Cuyo.
The 42-year-old was pictured in handcuffs and wearing her habit and a bullet-proof vest as she was escorted by police to a court hearing.
A case against the nun was launched after a former student claimed Kumiko had made her wear a diaper in order to cover up a haemorrhage after she was allegedly raped by priest Horacio Corbacho.
Kumiko denies any wrong-doing and told judicial officials: “I am innocent.”
She was detained at a local women’s prison while the alleged crimes are investigated.
Kumilo, who has Argentine citizenship, has also been charged with physically abusing students.
Corbacho, fellow priest Nicola Corradi and three other men were arrested last year after they were charged with sexually abusing at least two dozen students at the Provolo Institute.
They are being held at a jail in Mendoza and have not spoken publicly since the arrest.
If found guilty, the accused face 10 to 50 years in prison.
Three school employees, Jorge Bordon, Jose Luis Ojeda and Armando Gomez, were also arrested and remain in custody.
Investigators are looking into more than 30 testimonies against the priests and teaching staff.