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MO Sup. Ct. Hears Case of Former Priest

By AP/KWMU

Jefferson City, Mo. – An attorney for a former priest told the Missouri Supreme Court Tuesday that the man's conviction for exposing himself to three boys in a school bathroom should be tossed out.

The former priest, James Beine, worked at the St. Louis school as a counselor in 2000 and 2001, when the incidents allegedly occurred.

He was convicted of sexual misconduct involving a child by indecent exposure and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Beine was dismissed from the priesthood in 1977 over allegations of sexual abuse.

His attorney argues the law is unconstitutionally vague and too broad, and that Beine was simply urinating.

Prosecutors said he stood several feet from the urinal, and that his actions upset some school children.

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