Former priest allowed to stay on probation

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By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE - A former Roman Catholic priest will be allowed to remain free on probation.

Daniel C. Clark, 60, who entered an Alford plea earlier in the year on charges of sexual abuse against two boys, will be allowed to remain free.

A probation revocation hearing was held Wednesday after Clark was allegedly in violation for not attending a sex offender treatment program.

Assistant commonwealth attorney Mike Ferguson requested the motion to revoke probation be remanded since he felt Clark was now in compliance.

Defense attorney William Yesowitch said his client had begun enrollment in September in an approved program.

Clark and Yesowitch both said they had no comment to reporters as they left the courtroom.

In 2003, Clark was found guilty of sexual abuse and sentenced to 10 years in prison. That was later reversed by the state Court of Appeals.

Clark, who is no longer a priest, then entered a plea to the charges in January 2008 and received five-year sentences for a total of 10 years. He received credit for the nearly five years he had spent in prison and five years were probated.

At the time of the plea agreement, Bullitt Circuit Judge Rodney Burress said he “reluctantly” accepted the deal. Victims in the case were in favor of the agreement.