Louisville priest who ran summer camp faces sex abuse trial

Louisville priest who ran summer camp faces sex abuse trial
Published: Nov. 27, 2016 at 3:28 PM EST
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LOUISVILLE, KY. (AP) - A Louisville priest is going on trial on sexual abuse charges nearly 15 years after allegations surfaced from a man who said the priest molested him at a Catholic summer camp in the 1970s.

The Rev. R. Joseph Hemmerle will face sexual abuse and sodomy charges at the trial beginning Monday in Meade County. He ran the boys summer camp in Meade County for decades.

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Michael Norris first brought the allegations that he was abused by the priest in 2001. Police did not charge Hemmerle that year, and the archdiocese allowed him to return to ministry.

The Associated Press does not ordinarily identify alleged sex abuse victims, but Norris has spoken publicly.

In 2014, a second alleged victim came forward and Hemmerle was indicted on sexual abuse and sodomy charges.

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