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Jury hears details of alleged sexual relationship in trial of Rev. James Schook

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The details of a Louisville priest's alleged sexual relationship with two teenage boys in the 1970s were heard by a jury Tuesday morning.

It's the first day of testimony in the trial of Rev. James Schook, which began after being delayed or postponed several times for multiple reasons including Schook's poor health.

The first witness took the stand Tuesday morning, detailing his sexual alleged relationship with Schook, which he says got very intimate and intense starting when he was of the age of 13, when Schook was 23 and a seminary student.

"We kind of grew into a relationship, but he would always tell me, 'There's no future in this -- I'm just using you," the witness said.

The defense attorney in this case hinted to the jury that due to the age of the victims at the time of the sexual encounters, the sex may have been consensual. The defense also asked the jury to forget their moral belief about a priest breaking his vow of celibacy.

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