Charges Reduced against Priest in Assault Case

By Kevin Millard
September 20, 2011

LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The charges against a priest who is accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl while in La Crosse for a canon law conference have been reduced from a felonies to misdemeanors.

An amended criminal complaint filed in La Crosse County Circuit Court Monday says the Reverend David Szatkowski of Franklin, Wisconsin inappropriately touched a 15-year-old girl outside the Radisson Hotel in August.

The girl told police a drunken man approached her and her friends, put his arms around her and groped her. Police later identified the man as Szatkowski. He told la cross police he had several alcoholic beverages the night of the incident. He also said he has since resigned from the Sacred Heart School of Theology in Franklin.

The charges were changed against the 37-year-old priest to fourth degree sexual assault of a child younger than 16 and disorderly conduct.

The assault charge is classified as a Class A misdemeanor and carries a maximum penalty of being fined up to $10,000, up to nine months in prison or both.

Szatkowski is out on a signature bond.


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