15 Years in Prison for Priest Convicted of Abuse

By Associated Press | 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A judge has sentenced a former Catholic priest dying of cancer to 15 years in prison for sexually abusing a teenage boy at a church in the 1970s.

Sixty-six-year-old James Schook was taken into custody Friday morning after a hearing.

The criminal case had been delayed several times over three years as Schook argued that he was too frail to stand trial on sodomy and other charges. He was convicted in April, and the jury recommended the 15-year prison term.

Schook's attorney, David Lambertus, urged Circuit Judge Mitch Perry to allow Schook to serve out his term on probation, then later asked if Schook could remain out of prison while his case is appealed. Perry denied both requests, saying it was time for Schook to "face the consequences of his actions."

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