UPDATE: Priest Convicted in ’70s Summer Camp Case

BRANDENBURG, Ky. (AP) – A Louisville priest has been convicted of one count of sexual abuse and found not guilty of a second count.

The Rev. Joseph Hemmerle was convicted Tuesday of indecent or immoral practices with a child under 15 at his Catholic summer camp in the 1970s.

The 74-year-old priest testified Tuesday during a trial in Meade County that he would occasionally apply calamine lotion to the genitals of child campers, with their permission. But he testified that he never abused the alleged victim, Michael Norris.

Jurors deliberated for two hours before delivering the verdicts, then began considering a sentence. Hemmerle faces up to 10 years in prison.

Norris said when he was 10 years old, Hemmerle stood him on a stool with no clothes and sexually abused him in Hemmerle’s personal cabin.

The jury recommended a seven-year sentence.

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