Prosecutors in Argentina are accusing a Roman Catholic priest of sexually abusing 3-year-old girl.

The Public Ministry in Santa Fe province said Wednesday that local prosecutors are asking for Nestor Monzon to be formally investigated. Under Argentine law, the request by prosecutors is the precursor to charges that must be decided on by a judge.

Monzon was detained late Tuesday after the parents of the child reported him to authorities. The priest led a parish in the provincial capital some 500 miles (800 kilometers) northeast of Buenos Aires.

Local TV footage showed images of the priest being arrested by police officers while a neighbor shouted insults and accused him of the abuse. Prosecutors are also probing whether Monzon abused the girl's 5-year-old cousin.