Louisville Priest Indicted on Sodomy Charges

June 30, 2011

A Roman Catholic priest in Louisville has been indicted on seven felony sodomy charges for alleged sexual abuses that occurred in the 1970s and 80s.

The Rev. James R. Schook faces three counts of second-degree sodomy and four counts of third-degree sodomy, The Courier-Journal reported.

Schook was temporarily removed from ministry in July 2009 while serving as pastor of St. Ignatius Martyr Church, and the Archdiocese of Louisville later made his removal permanent upon concluding the claims of sexual abuse were valid.

Schook was at the center of a lawsuit against the archdiocese that was recently dismissed. The plaintiff, Margie Weiter, alleged she was fired for complaining about Schook residing at the parish where she worked as a bookkeeper. Weiter is appealing the ruling.


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