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Jul 12, 2013 10:21 AM by AP/CS

No lower bond for former priest faces sex charges

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal has upheld former priest Mark Broussard's bond in a writ released this week.

The 57-year-old Broussard is accused of molesting boys between 1986 and 1991 while a priest in Calcasieu Parish. He faces two counts of aggravated rape, one count of oral sexual battery, one count of aggravated oral sexual battery and one count of molestation of a juvenile. He was originally charged with 224 counts of child sexual abuse.

The American Press reports the 3rd Circuit's rulings upheld the decision made by Judge David Ritchie.

Ritchie lowered Broussard's bond from $3.42 million to $1.5 million to reflect the charges he now faces, but did not lower it to the $200,000 Broussard's attorneys requested.

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