ORD - The trial for a priest accused of sexually assaulting an Ord woman has been postponed to January of next year.

Father John Kakkuzhiyil, former pastor in Ord, is charged with first degree sexual assault.

On Wednesday, District Judge Karin Noakes granted a request from the state prosecutor to postpone the trial.

Court documents did not indicate the reason for the delay.

Kakkuzhiyil was arrested in early January 2019 after an investigation by the state patrol into a claim by a woman who said the priest raped her at his home.

Kakkuzhiyil pled not guilty in Valley County District Court in February.

If found guilty, he faces up to 50 years in prison.