Fr. Bruce Duncan MacArthur

Ordained: 1953
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Sioux Falls SD

Sued 2003 by a woman. Arrested 1/06; charged with abuse of 3 girls at Beaver Dam hospital in the 1960s in WI. Admitted abusing 30 girls. Sioux Falls knew of behavior in 1963. After WI, worked in San Angelo and El Paso TX dioceses. Arrested and convicted in El Paso in 1978 for abuse of nursing home patient. Records unclear as to whether he served time in prison or was in inpatient treatment before release on probation. Worked in San Antonio archdiocese 1979-84. Suits filed 7/07 & 9/07 in WI against Milwaukee & Sioux Falls by 2 women. Convicted. Sentenced 8/08 in WI to 6 months in jail and 10 years probation and to serve an additional month every year for 6 years. Living in TX when he died 2/22/12. San Antonio archdiocese announced 6/14 credible allegation of abuse of a girl at St. James in late 1970s. On Sioux Falls diocese’s list 3/21/19. It notes faculties removed 4/92. On San Antonio’s list 1/31/19. Named by the Gallup diocese in 12/14; volunteered at Gallup shelters in 2003.


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