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Ailing Catholic priest to be evaluated for trial

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - An ailing Catholic priest accused of several sex abuse charges will be evaluated by state doctors to see whether he is fit to stand trial in Louisville.

An attorney for the Rev. James Schook entered a motion last week to have Schook's mental competency evaluated. He is accused of abusing two boys at a Louisville church in the 1970s.

Schook has been diagnosed with terminal skin cancer, and his attorney argued in court last week that he is too sick to appear for a trial, which was scheduled for Monday.

Jefferson County Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney John Balliet says Schook would likely be in the care of state doctors for most of July.

Schook has been charged with seven counts of sodomy in 2011. He has been permanently removed from ministry.


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