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Louisville priest James Schook faces accusers in first day of trial

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville priest accused of sexually abusing two teenage boys appeared before a judge, jury and his accusers Tuesday.

In the first day of testimony, two men claiming they were sexually abused by Reverend James Schook in the 1970s took the stand.

The witnesses provided graphic detail of their sexual encounters with Schook, saying the abuse took place at various Louisville churches on a regular basis.

"I had this feeling that we were doing something wrong and I wanted to end it, but it just continued," said the first witness. He didn't want to be identified but said the abuse started when he was 13 and continued until he moved away to go to college.

When the abuse started, the witness stated, Schook was a seminary student living in the rectory at St. Rita's.

"He would always tell me that there's no future in this, that I'm just using you," he said.

The next witness, Michael Stansbury, physically shook as he recalled the first time he claims he was sexually assaulted by Schook.

"I went in my bedroom, and cried my eyes out," said Stansbury. "I didn't understand what was going on and how this could be coming from a priest.

Stansbury says at 14 years old, he was too scared to tell his Catholic family what happened, and that Schook threatened him.

"He told me, if I ever told anybody he would swear that I was a liar," said Stansbury.

The incidences took place between 1971 and 1975.

Schook faces six charges of sodomy.

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