Former priest convicted in sex abuse case

04/16/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Louisville, Kentucky – A former Catholic priest was convicted Wednesday on charges stemming from sex abuse that occurred at a church parish decades ago. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), James Schook, 66, was convicted on three counts of sodomy and one count of indecent or immoral practice with another in connection with alleged incidents of abuse of young boys in the 1970s.

One witness in the trial testified that a sexual relationship between he and Schook began when he was 13 years old in 1971, stating most of the encounters took place in Schook’s room in the rectory at St. Rita Catholic Church in Louisville.

The prosecutor, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Balliet, is quoted by the AP as stating of the witnesses who stepped forward to provide their testimony decades after the alleged abuse, “They had to be very public, come into this court and tell strangers … what happened… That’s a price to pay. That’s tough to do.”

Schook was indicted on the charges in 2011.

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