Fr. Bruce Duncan MacArthur

Ordained: 1953
Status: Convicted

Died: 02/22/2012
Diocese: Diocese of Sioux Falls SD

Accused in a 5/2003 lawsuit of sexually abusing a girl 1965-1970, beginning when she was age 10 and a patient at a WI hospital where MacArthur was chaplain. Arrested in 1/2006; charged with abuse of 3 girls at Beaver Dam hospital in the 1960s in WI. Admitted abusing 30 girls. The Sioux Falls diocese knew of his behavior in 1963 and sent him to Via Coeli in NM for treatment. Reassigned. After WI, MacArthur worked in the San Angelo and El Paso TX dioceses. Arrested and convicted in El Paso in 1978 for abuse of a nursing home patient. Records unclear as to whether he served time in prison or was in inpatient treatment before release on probation. Worked in the San Antonio archdiocese 1979-1984. Suits filed in 7/2007 and 9/2007 in WI against Milwaukee and Sioux Falls by two women. Convicted. Sentenced in 8/2008 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 2/22/2012. The San Antonio archdiocese announced in 6/2014 a credible allegation of abuse of a girl in the late 1970s. On the Sioux Falls diocese’s list 3/21/2019. It notes faculties removed in 4/1992. On San Antonio’s list 1/31/2019. Named by the Gallup diocese in 12/2014; volunteered at Gallup shelters in 2003.

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