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Former priest found guilty on 3 counts of sodomy

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James Schook in court on March 31, 2014. James Schook in court on March 31, 2014.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A jury found a former priest accused of sexual abuse in the 1970s guilty of three charges of sodomy Wednesday.

The jury found James Schook, 66, guilty of three counts of sodomy and one count of indecent and immoral conduct. They also found him not guilty on three additional counts of sodomy he was facing.

In closing statements, Schook's attorney said the first three counts should come back as not guilty because of the judge's order to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The state said Schook told one of his two accusers that if he told anyone, people would think he was a liar because priests are just beneath God.

Attorneys for Schook called no witnesses in his defense.

Prosecutors said Schook lived at the rectory at St. Rita in 1970 or 1971.

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