Prosecutors Reduce Charge against LA Crosse Priest

Channel 3000
September 21, 2011

Prosecutors have reduced a charge against a Wisconsin priest during a canon law conference.

The Rev. David Szatkowski had been charged with second-degree sexual assault of a child young than 16 on Aug. 10. According to a criminal complaint, Szatkowski grabbed a teenage girl’s breast outside a La Crosse Radisson.

The La Crosse Tribune reported prosecutors reduced the charge to fourth-degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct.

Prosecutors are ethically prohibited from discussing the decision to reduce the charge.

Szatkowski had earned his doctorate by researching cases of children abused by religious leaders.

He has resigned from his position as an assistant professor at the Sacred Heart School of Theology in Franklin.

Szatkowski is due back in court Oct. 7.

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