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Larson Parole Hearing

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The Kansas parole board heard emotional testimony today, from those who say a former Catholic priest sexually molested them.

The hearing in Wichita is to help the board decide whether or not to release 72 year old Robert Larson from prison.

The former priest of the Catholic church in Newton has been in prison for almost one and a half years.

Most of the people who spoke today want Larson to stay in prison. But some say he's been there long enough.

Paul Schwartz was an altar boy in the Catholic church in Newton. Schwartz says Robert Larson sexually abused him more than 20 times over a two and a half year period while Larson was a priest.

Schwartz says, "When you're 12 years old and you're going to be an altar boy and a Catholic priest is putting his hand down your pants, fondling you the ways that he fondled us, the last thing you ever think is that what he was doing was wrong. This man is better than a police officer, this man is better than a fireman, this man is better than a doctor, he is a priest for crying out loud."

Schwartz is just one of many people who oppose Larson's release. But there were several people who said it's time for Larson's parole.

Angela Burger says, "We're holding a man in prison who could be outside doing good. I say if in the last five, ten years he even did one thing, throw the key away, but I say this man is a good to society."

The parole board is expected to decide late next month whether or not to parole Robert Larson.


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