Priests accused of abusing deaf Argentine students on trial

Rev. Nicola Corradi, in wheelchair, is escorted to a courtroom to attend his trial in Mendoza, Argentina, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. In late November 2016,

Rev. Nicola Corradi, in wheelchair, is escorted to a courtroom to attend his trial in Mendoza, Argentina, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. In late November 2016,

An alleged sexual assault victim from the Antonio Provolo School for Deaf and Hearing Impaired Children sits outside the courtroom in Mendoza, Argenti

An alleged sexual assault victim from the Antonio Provolo School for Deaf and Hearing Impaired Children sits outside the courtroom in Mendoza, Argenti

In this handout picture released by Mendoza Judiciary, Rev. Horacio Corbacho, in green jacket, Armando Gomez, center, and Rev. Nicola Corradi, in whee

In this handout picture released by Mendoza Judiciary, Rev. Horacio Corbacho, in green jacket, Armando Gomez, center, and Rev. Nicola Corradi, in whee

Rev. Nicola Corradi is escorted from a courtroom after attending his trial in Mendoza, Argentina, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. Corradi, an Italian who is 83

Rev. Nicola Corradi is escorted from a courtroom after attending his trial in Mendoza, Argentina, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. Corradi, an Italian who is 83

Ailin Fensel holds a sign with a message in Spanish that reads: "Support the survivors of Provolo - Mendoza, with our hands and voices we will break t

Ailin Fensel holds a sign with a message in Spanish that reads: "Support the survivors of Provolo - Mendoza, with our hands and voices we will break t

Ezequiel Villalonga, left, an alleged sexual assault victim, stands outside the courtroom with his girlfriend Jimena Capaldi, in Mendoza, Argentina, M

Ezequiel Villalonga, left, an alleged sexual assault victim, stands outside the courtroom with his girlfriend Jimena Capaldi, in Mendoza, Argentina, M

Rev. Horacio Corbacho is escorted from a courtroom after attending his trial in Mendoza, Argentina, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. Corbacho is charged with all

Rev. Horacio Corbacho is escorted from a courtroom after attending his trial in Mendoza, Argentina, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. Corbacho is charged with all

Rev. Nicola Corradi is escorted from a courtroom after attending his trial in Mendoza, Argentina, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. Corradi, an Italian who is 83

Rev. Nicola Corradi is escorted from a courtroom after attending his trial in Mendoza, Argentina, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. Corradi, an Italian who is 83

Rev. Nicola Corradi, in wheelchair, and and Rev. Horacio Corbacho, following behind in green, are escorted to a courtroom to attend their trial in Men

Rev. Nicola Corradi, in wheelchair, and and Rev. Horacio Corbacho, following behind in green, are escorted to a courtroom to attend their trial in Men

MENDOZA, Argentina (AP) — Downcast and sitting in a wheelchair as his historic trial begins, the Rev. Nicola Corradi didn't look like the man former students at an institute for the deaf say was the force behind years of "indescribable" torment through sexual abuse.

The 83-year-old Italian priest, along with the Rev. Horacio Corbacho and Armando Gómez, are being tried for 28 cases of alleged abuse against ex-students at the Antonio Próvolo Institute for the deaf in Mendoza province.

The alleged abuse took place between 2004 and 2016, and the case gained world attention when it emerged that Corradi had faced similar accusations at the Antonio Próvolo institute in Verona and Pope Francis had been notified the Italian priest was running a similar center in Argentina.

Corradi has pleaded not guilty.