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Wisconsin monk denies Illinois abduction charges

Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 12:00 p.m. CDT

WAUKEGAN (AP) — A Benedictine monk from Wisconsin has denied trying to abduct four Illinois girls.

The Waukegan News-Sun reports ( that 57-year-old Thomas Chmura was arraigned on Tuesday in Lake County. He is accused of trying to lure a 14-year-old girl, two 12-year-old girls and an 11-year-old girl into his vehicle last month. He denied the child abduction charges during the hearing.

Chmura lives at St. Benedict's Abbey in Benet Lake, Wis. He was arrested based on a description provided by one of the girls.

Chmura remains in the Lake County jail on $150,000 bond.

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