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Ex-priest sentenced, immediately taken into custody

Published: May. 30, 2014 at 6:16 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 6, 2014 at 6:19 PM EDT
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James Schook prepares to be taken into custody after his sentencing.
James Schook prepares to be taken into custody after his sentencing.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The former Roman Catholic priest convicted of sexual abuse has begun serving a 15 year sentence.

James Schook, 66, was taken into custody after his sentencing on May 30. He was convicted April 16 on three counts of sodomy and one count of immoral behavior. The jury also found Schook not guilty on three additional counts of sodomy.

Judge Mitch Perry followed the sentence recommendation of the jury. He denied a request from Schook's attorney David Lambertus to serve the sentence on probation and also denied a request for Schook to remain free while the case is appealed.

Lambertus has previously said Schook has terminal skin cancer, coronary artery disease and COPD.

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