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Jury seated in Schook trial

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A jury has been seated in the trial of a former Louisville priest.

The prosecution made opening statements and you could say they came out swinging, saying Rev Schook "lived a life of betrayal."

They said the first case started in the summer of 1971 with a 13 year old boy and it's pretty graphic.

During that same summer, they would go up to Mr Schook's residence in the room at St. Rita's, it was there that they first had anal intercourse and mutual oral sodomy.

Prosecutors say Reverend James Schook was 23 years old at the time. As a result, he is charged with several counts of sodomy.

The former priest is accused of sexually abusing at least two teenagers in '70s. During that time, Schook was an assistant pastor for a local church, but the 65-year-old priest was not indicted until 2011.

This case has been delayed or postponed several times for a number of reasons including Schook's poor health. That was easy to see in court today as he used a walker to get around,
but advocates for the alleged victims say that's no excuse.

"It has been years...they're now finally you know getting a chance to have their day in court, have justice...all theses delays because of the perpetrator...no one has asked them, it's just been one delay after another and it gets delayed and they have to go back and each time they have to prepare, relive what happened to them," said Cal Pfeiffer with The Survivors' Network for Those Abused by Priests (SNAP).

The trial is executed to wrap up sometime on Thursday or Friday.

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