Sexual Assault Charges Dropped Against 95-Year-Old Retired Priest In La Crosse

State News
April 7, 2020

A judge in La Crosse County has dismissed sexual assault charges which had been filed against a retired priest.

Monsignor Bernard McGarty had been accused of touching a woman inappropriately outside the La Crosse Library last May.

Video surveillance cameras captured what actually happened.

The woman told investigators McGarty gave her 20 dollars after she told him she’s homeless.

Then she claimed he asked to see some of her tattoos and placed her arm in his lap with what were called clear sexual intentions.


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