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Wisconsin monk pleads guilty in Illinois case

Published: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 3:00 p.m. CDT

WAUKEGAN (AP) — A Wisconsin monk has pleaded guilty to a child abduction count after being accused of trying to abduct four girls in Illinois earlier this year.

Thomas Chmura agreed to a negotiated plea deal on Thursday in Lake County court. Chmura is a former monk at the St. Benedict's Abbey in Benet Lake, Wis.

The 57-year-old was sentenced to two years of probation. He also must undergo sex offender treatment and register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. The judge has allowed Chmura to move to Jefferson County in Missouri where he can receive treatment.

Defense attorney Robert Hauser says Chmura didn't want the girls involved to have to go through a trial.

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