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Ky. Ex-Priest Pleads Guilty to Sex Abuse

A former Roman Catholic priest whose conviction on sexual abuse charges was overturned by the Kentucky Supreme Court has pleaded guilty in exchange for his release from prison, a prosecutor said.
/ Source: The Associated Press

A former Roman Catholic priest whose conviction on sexual abuse charges was overturned by the Kentucky Supreme Court has pleaded guilty in exchange for his release from prison, a prosecutor said.

Daniel Clark, 59, will serve five years of probation and five years of court supervision. He was given credit for the four years and 10 months he served before the Kentucky Supreme Court overturned his 2003 convictions of first-degree sexual abuse of two boys between 1999 and 2002. The boys were 8 and 9 when the abuse began.

Clark pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, said Mike Ferguson, an assistant commonwealth's attorney in Bullitt County. Sentencing was set for Jan. 4.

He must also undergo a sex offender evaluation, Ferguson said.

The Kentucky Supreme Court overturned his conviction in May, saying the trial judge gave faulty instructions to the jury and improperly allowed a former victim of Clark's to testify. Clark had been sentenced to 10 years.

Clark was accused in 19 lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Louisville. All have been settled.

After his 2003 conviction, Clark was removed from the priesthood.