Jan 07, 2020 3:27 AM

Trial begins for Nebraska priest accused of sexual assault

Posted Jan 07, 2020 3:27 AM

The trial of a Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting a woman in central Nebraska is underway.

Television station KSNB reports that the trial for the Rev. John Kakkuzhiyil  began Monday after a jury was selected. He has pleaded not guilty to a charge of forcible sexual assault.

Kakkuzhiyil was arrested early last year following a monthlong investigation by the Nebraska State Patrol after a woman told police he sexually assaulted her in November 2018 in his Ord home.

The woman told investigators she blacked out after having a couple of drinks with the priest.