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Parole denied for priest

August 8, 2004

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— A defrocked Roman Catholic priest who admitting molesting three altar boys and a teenager must serve the remainder of his prison sentence, the Kansas Parole Board has ruled.

The board's decision Friday marked the second time that Robert Larson was denied parole since he began serving a prison term of three to 10 years at Lansing Correctional Facility.

Under sentencing guidelines that were in place at the time of Larson's crimes, he cannot remain in prison after March 29, 2006.

Larson pleaded guilty in 2001 to sexually abusing three altar boys and a jailed 19-year-old man while he was pastor of St. Marys Catholic Church in Newton in the 1980s.

Paul Schwartz, one of the men Larson admitted molesting, said he was not surprised the board denied parole.

"I'm satisfied," Schwartz, 34, told The Wichita Eagle. "We have now done everything we can do and have been successful every step of the way."

Larson served in the Diocese of Wichita for 30 years before being removed in 1998 under allegations of misconduct.

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