Priest, accused of abusing 2 boys, found competent to stand trial

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by WHAS11

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Posted on November 7, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 8 at 10:17 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- James Schook, a Louisville Catholic Priest, accused of sexually abusing two teenage boys in the ‘70s, was found competent to stand trial, on Nov. 7 and will go to trial on March 31 at 1 p.m.

Schook entered the courtroom using a walker, and kept his eyes closed for most of Thursday's hearing.

A former member of Schook's congregation, Helen Deines, testified she saw him without a walker at a Panera Bread on Sept. 27 of this year and was acting fine.

Deines teaches social work at Spalding on how to observe and diagnose patients.

Schook's brothers testified that James Schook cannot take care of himself and he can't make decisions. His brothers also say he needs constant care.

The doctor who assessed Shook testified she thought he purposely exaggerated his ailments and only became difficult when she asked him legal questions. The doctor also testified that Schook deals with fairly severe pain and did have concerns on how some medications would affect his rational thinking.

Schook is charged with seven counts of sodomy.

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