Judge denies shock probation for retired western Kentucky priest


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OWENSBORO, Kentucky — A judge has denied shock probation for a former western Kentucky priest who pleaded guilty last year to first-degree sexual abuse in the 1970s.

The Messenger-Inquirer (http://bit.ly/1yf0Ppj) reports Daviess Circuit Judge Jay Wethington denied the request last week from the Rev. Louis Francis Piskula, who is now 75. Shock probation allows inmates to be released after serving one to six months of their sentence.

The case involved a minor under the age of 12 while Piskula was serving at Blessed Mother Catholic Church in Owensboro.

Piskula was priest at several Catholic parishes in Owensboro, Murray, Paducah and Whitesville. He was ordained in 1975 and retired in 2002.

He was sentenced in August to five years in prison after pleading guilty in June.

Information from: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, http://www.messenger-inquirer.com

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