April 27, 2005

Ex-priest's sex conviction overturned

Kansas City Star

Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned the sexual misconduct conviction of a former priest and elementary school counselor accused of exposing himself in front of three boys in a school bathroom.

In a 4-3 decision, the court ruled Missouri's sexual misconduct statute was unconstitutional and too broad.

James Beine, a counselor in St. Louis schools for more than a decade, was dismissed from the priesthood in 1977 over allegations of sexual abuse. He allegedly exposed himself to two male students while using a urinal in the spring of 2001. A third boy lodged a similar complaint.

Posted by kshaw at April 27, 2005 07:15 AM