Priest Living in Franklin County Arrested on Sex Assault Charges

St. Louis Post-Dispatch [Missouri]
January 21, 2006

A Roman Catholic priest living at a home for pedophile priests in eastern Franklin County was arrested Thursday and accused of committing seven sexual assaults while he was assigned to a hospital in Wisconsin in the 1960s, officials said.

The cases could still be prosecuted due to a legal quirk: The statute of limitations on the charges was frozen when the priest left the state decades ago.

At the request of police in Beaver Dam, Wis., Franklin County sheriff's deputies arrested the Rev. Bruce D. MacArthur, 83, at Evergreen Hills Home, formerly known as Wounded Brothers Project. MacArthur was held in jail pending extradition.

One of the people making accusations had settled a sexual abuse lawsuit last fall against the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and the Diocese of Sioux Falls, S.D. Records show that MacArthur admitted abusing children in several states during a deposition taken in October 2004, which the plaintiff's attorney turned over to prosecutors.


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