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Priest given prison term for raping teenage boy

EVREUX, France (AP) -- A court Wednesday convicted a Canadian priest of raping a teenage member of his Normandy parish and sentenced him to 12 years in prison -- the second conviction for the clergyman who went to jail for similar crimes in Quebec.

The trial of the Rev. Denis Vadeboncoeur rattled the northern France community where he had worked for more than a decade and sparked outrage over how he was hired and why his past conviction was kept secret.

Vadeboncoeur, 65, moved to France in 1988 after serving a 20-month sentence in Quebec, after he pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of four teenage boys there.

Monday, he testified to repeatedly sexually abusing a boy younger than 15 in his French parish. The abuse occurred from February 1990 to August 1993 while Vadeboncoeur was a priest in the village of Lieurey, according to the prosecution.


Grave with 34 bodies tied to WWII slave labor

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) -- Workers at a U.S. Army airfield have uncovered a World War II-era grave believed to contain the bodies of 34 Jewish slave laborers used by the Nazis, German authorities said Wednesday.

The skeletal remains were found Monday during work on the airfield, next to Stuttgart's airport, said Ulrich Heffner, a police spokesman in the southwestern city.

Preliminary examination of the remains indicate they are of the right age to be the bodies of Jews used as forced laborers in the area, Heffner said.

Police investigator Norbert Walz said two or three of those found may have been alive when they were placed in the grave. Prosecutors said they had opened an investigation.

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