Priest indicted for sexual abuse

Published: Sep. 9, 2014 at 6:38 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 16, 2014 at 6:39 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A priest from the Archdiocese of Louisville has been indicted for charges of sexual abuse.

Fr. Raymond Joseph Hemmerle was indicted by a Meade County grand jury on Sept. 8 on three counts of sexual abuse and six counts of sodomy. Hemmerle was arraigned later that day and pleaded not guilty.

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Hemmerle had been placed on administrative leave in May 2014 after a man said he had been sexually abused in the 1970s. At the time he was placed on leave, Hemmerle was serving as pastor of parishes in Holy Cross, KY and St. Francis, KY.

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In a statement, the Archdiocese of Louisville said they have cooperated fully with law enforcement during the investigation and will continue to cooperate.

Bond for Hemmerle was set at $25,000. He posted 20% and was released from custody. A pretrial conference was set of Oct. 23.

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