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Convicted Kentucky priest set to be released from prison

R. Joseph Hemmerle is set to be released from prison after serving nearly four years for sexual abuse that happened in the 1970s.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Catholic priest in Kentucky is set to be released from prison after serving nearly four years for sexual abuse that happened in the 1970s.

R. Joseph Hemmerle testified at his 2016 trial in Meade County that he would sometimes apply calamine lotion to the genitals of children at a church summer camp, with their permission. 

He was found guilty of one count of indecent or immoral practices with a child under 15.

Hemmerle is set to be released on Oct. 1, according to the state Department of Corrections. He will be on probation for six to eight months. 

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