County Detectives Arrest Priest on Sexual Assault Charges
Franklin County Detectives Obtained a Fugitive Arrest Warrant Thursday Afternoon for a Catholic Priest Charged with Sexually Assaulting Three Young Girls Four Decades Ago in Wisconsin. The Fugitive Warrant Will Al

By Ed Pruneau
Washington Missourian
January 20, 2006

County deputies arrested MacArthur Thursday at the Evergreen Hills Home on Vondera Road between Robertsville and Lonedell. Toelke said the suspect had been staying at the home for about 2 1/2 years.

MacArthur is charged in Dodge County with seven felony counts, including two counts of engaging in sexual intercourse with a child, four counts of indecent behavior with a child and one count of attempted indecent behavior with a child, according to copies of court documents sent to the Franklin County sheriff's office.

A detective with the Beaver Dam, Wis., police department questioned the three victims in late 2005 and early 2006 in preparing the case against MacArthur.

The alleged incidents occurred between 1965 and and 1972, the majority while MacArthur was the chaplain at St. Joseph's Hospital in Beaver Dam, according to court records. He served as chaplain there from the mid-1960s until early January 1970, police said.

The victims alleged that they were subjected to inappropriate touching and sexual contact while they were patients in the hospital. They ranged in age from 9 through 12 when the alleged abuse occurred.

One woman, identified in court documents by the initials "JMD," alleged that she was first victimized in the hospital when she was 10 years old, but claims that the assaults continued for years after MacArhur was reassigned and when she was in high school.

When detectives arrested MacArthur Thursday, he was in possession of about $10,000 in travelers' checks. The suspect told investigators that he had been saving the money because of pending lawsuits filed over the alleged incidents.


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