Retired Priest Charged in Sexual Assaults

Keloland [South Dakota]
January 23, 2006,45421

A former South Dakota Catholic priest who recently settled an abuse lawsuit has been charged with sexually assaulting girls in Wisconsin.

The Reverend Bruce Duncan MacArthur was taken into custody outside a church housing and recovery center in St. Louis.

The 83-year-old retired priest was charged with sexual intercourse of a child, indecent behavior with a child and attempted indecent behavior with a child.

The charges stem from MacArthur's time working as a hospital chaplain in Wisconsin during the 1960s. He's accused of abusing Judy DeLonga, who alleges MacArthur molested her while on leave from the Sioux Falls diocese.

He faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted.


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