Ky. Jury Says Ex-Priest Should Serve 15 Years

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A jury says a former priest convicted of felony sex abuse charges in Louisville should serve a 15-year prison sentence.

James Schook's attorneys had asked for a more lenient sentence since the 66-year-old has late-stage cancer and other health problems.

Schook was convicted Wednesday of three counts of sodomy and one count of indecent or immoral practice with another for abuses of a teenage boy at a Louisville church in the early 1970s.

A witness at the trial said he was 13 when he began a years-long sexual relationship with Schook. The two often met on church property.

Prosecutor John Balliet says the sentence would be "very appropriate." Schook will remain on house arrest until he is formally sentenced by Jefferson Circuit Judge Mitch Perry on May 30.

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