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Monk out on bail in abduction case

WAUKEGAN (AP) – A Benedictine monk from Wisconsin who faces charges he tried to abduct four Illinois girls has been released on bond.

A Lake County judge lowered 57-year-old Thomas Chmura’s bail from $150,000 to $50,000. Chmura previously was held in the Lake County jail since May 2. Chmura has pleaded not guilty. He lived at St. Benedict’s Abbey in Benet Lake, Wis. He was arrested based on a description provided by one of the girls.

The judge has restricted Chmura to living with his father in the Chicago suburb of Lansing. Chmura also can’t have contact with anyone under age 17. That means he can’t return to his abbey in Wisconsin because the abbey houses children on the property.

Chmura’s trial is set for July 12.

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