|Sister Mary Teresa Grogan|
A woman who was supposed to watch over the defenseless and the less fortunate, was charged with abusing them, according to police reports.
The Catholic nun has been accused of systematic abuse of seven schoolgirls in the 1970s. Sister Mary Teresa Grogan has denied all 63 counts of indecent assault she was charged with by police.
It is alleged that these crimes took place while she was teaching at an elementary school in the midlands of Ireland from 1973 to 1977. All her victims were of the same age, about nine years old.
A complainant told the court that the nun would call her to her desk and put her hand inside her underwear.
The attorney for the government, Aileen Donnelly, said that during the trial other claimants would be giving evidence to the court of assault by similar but not identical instances.
Many of the victims attended the trial Tuesday, in the Circuit Court of Sligo, Ireland.
Grogan has spent time in the missions in Africa, but returned a few years ago when one of the alleged victims filed a police report and police began an investigation into her conduct.
Grogan, 62, pleaded not guilty 63 times for each of the 63 charges.
The trial before Judge Donagh McDonagh is expected to continue for two or three weeks.