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Former priest pleads no contest to sex crimes

Former priest pleads no contest to sex crimes
Posted at 1:51 PM, Mar 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-03 15:32:08-05

A former Lockport priest has pleaded no contest to six criminal sexual conduct charges.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Monday that 75-year-old James Francis Rapp pleaded no contest to three counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct First Degree and three counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct Second Degree.

The charges stem from his time as a priest and teacher at Jackson Lumen Christi High School in Michigan in the 1980s.

Rapp was originally charged with seven counts of FIrst Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct and 12 counts of Second Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct. Under the condition of the plea if Rapp pleaded to one count for each of the six named victims and the highest charge for each victim the remaining 13 charges would be dropped.

Rapp will be sentenced April 29. Under the plea, Rapp agreed to be sentenced to 20 to 40 years served concurrently for each charge as well as compliance with the Michigan Sex Offender Registration Act.