Prosecution questions first panel of potential jurors in former priest's sex abuse case

Prosecution questions first panel of potential jurors in former priest's sex abuse case

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The prosecution questioned a panel of 21 potential jurors Tuesday in a former priest's sex abuse trial.

The defense must now question the panel, then both sides will question another panel as the two sides work to put together a 12-person jury.

Former priest Mark Anthony Broussard is accused of sexually assaulting boys when he was a priest in Calcasieu between 1986 and 1991. He faces five sex charges - two counts of aggravated rape, one count of aggravated oral sexual battery, one count of oral sexual battery and one count of molestation of a juvenile.

Broussard was initially indicted on 224 counts of sexual abuse, but the charges were reduced to five which reflect the entirety of the accusations.

Broussard is free on $1.5 million bond.

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