Kentucky appeals court upholds sexual abuse conviction against former Louisville priest

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FRANKFORT, Kentucky — A former Roman Catholic priest serving a prison sentence for sexual abuse has lost an appeal of his conviction.

The Kentucky Court of Appeals this week upheld James Schook's conviction on three counts of sodomy and one count of indecent or immoral practices. The charges stemmed from abuse suffered by a teenage boy in the 1970s.

Schook also lost a bid for an early release through shock probation in December. He had also sought several delays to his criminal trial because he is battling terminal skin cancer.

Last week, the victim in the criminal case and another man sued Schook in civil court, though the allegations were sealed by a judge.

Schook is serving a 15-year sentence at the Kentucky State Reformatory.

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