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State Supreme Court to rule in priest abuse case


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court is set to rule Tuesday on whether to overturn the sexual assault conviction of a former Jesuit priest who claims he was falsely accused.

Donald McGuire is a former spiritual adviser to Mother Teresa and her religious order of nuns. He is considered one of the most influential religious figures convicted in the Catholic Church's sexual abuse scandal.

Two men came forward in 2003 to report they were abused by McGuire during trips to a cottage in Fontana, Wis., in 1967 or 1968. At the time, McGuire taught the boys at the Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Ill.

McGuire was convicted on five counts of indecent behavior with a child. He was sentenced to seven years in prison but allowed to remain free during his appeal.

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