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Catholic nun allegedly helped priests sexually abuse deaf children

Roman Catholic nun allegedly helped priests sexually abuse deaf children in Argentinian school

In a particularly abhorrent case, after a five-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by a priest, the nun allegedly forced her to wear a diaper in class, to conceal the bleeding.
Lawyers call Kosaka Kumiko the "demon with the face of a woman" behind the abuse.

The students in the school for deaf children would call her the “bad nun,” the woman who was supposed to take care of them, but who would send them into rooms to be sexually abused by priests. Others said she committed abuse herself, and would force them to watch pornography on television.

And in a particularly abhorrent case, after a five-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by a priest, the Roman Catholic nun allegedly forced her to wear a diaper in class, to conceal the bleeding, according to Argentine news reports.

Because the other children at the school were deaf, only the victims’ abusers would have heard their cries.

The nun, a woman named Kosaka Kumiko, of Japanese heritage but Argentine nationality, was arrested and charged Friday on suspicion of helping priests sexually abuse children at the Antonio Provolo Institute, a school for the hearing-impaired in the Mendoza province of Argentina, authorities said. She was also charged with physically abusing the students.

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Kumiko’s arrest stems from a sex abuse scandal that has roiled the Catholic Church from Argentina to Rome, and has resulted in Vatican probes and the arrests of two priests and three other men.


At least 24 students of the Provolo institute in Argentina have come forward seeking justice for the abuse they say they suffered years ago at the hands of the Rev. Nicola Corradi, 82, the Rev. Horacio Corbacho, 55, and three other men. The five were arrested in late November by police who raided the school in Lujan de Cuyo, a city about 1,000 kilometres northwest of Buenos Aires after they found magazines featuring naked women and about US$34,000 in Corradi’s room, the Associated Press reported.

Kumiko arrived Thursday in Mendoza for a nearly nine-hour hearing before a judge after a month of being a fugitive, according to La Nacion. She is believed to have been hidden in northeast Argentina or in a bordering country, and turned herself in to authorities in Buenos Aires last week.

Wearing her habit and a bulletproof vest in the courtroom, she denied all of the accusations, telling the judge “I knew nothing of the abuses, I watched over the children.”

“I’m innocent,” Kumiko said. “I did not know about the abuses. I am a good person that has given my life to God.”

Authorities began investigating Kumiko’s role in the scandal when a 17-year-old girl came forward to allege the nun had placed a dressing or diaper over her bleeding when she was five years old, which prevented her from sitting in the classroom. Other victims came forward, accusing Kumiko of actively participating in the abuse while she lived in the Provolo institute, from 2004 to 2012, authorities said, according to the Associated Press.

Kumiko’s role was to take care of hearing-impaired children who lived far from Greater Mendoza and had to board at the school. Instead, she targeted the most vulnerable children, and covered up abuse by her superiors, prosecutors allege, according to Argentine news outlet Clarin.

Victims and prosecutors say the priests are accused of raping, sexually abusing and fondling the students in bathrooms, dorms, a garden and a basement at the school.

The school has “a little chapel with an image of the Virgin and some chairs where the kids would get confession and receive the communion. That’s where some of the acts were happening,” former lead prosecutor Fabrizio Sidoti told the Associated Press.

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