January 21, 2006

Former priest accused of sexual assault

Beaver Dam Daily Citizen


JUNEAU - A former Catholic priest, who worked as a chaplain at St. Joseph's Hospital in Beaver Dam in the 1960s, has been charged with sexually assaulting three girls during that time.

Bruce Duncan MacArthur, 83, Evergreen Hills Home, Robersville, Mo., is charged with two counts of sexual intercourse with a child, four counts of indecent behavior with a child and one count of attempted indecent behavior with a child. He was assigned to St. Joseph's Hospital, which later became Beaver Dam Community Hospital, as a chaplain between April 12, 1966, and Jan. 12, 1970.

According to the criminal complaint, a 50-year-old woman met with a Dodge County detective on Monday and told him that from the time she was 10-years-old until she was in high school that she had been sexually abused by MacArthur.

The woman said that she was a patient in the hospital on March, 7, 1966, when the abuse began. MacArthur then became good friends with her parents and they began to allow him to take her to Mass. After Mass, MacArthur would take the woman to his apartment at St. Joseph's Hospital where he assaulted her. The woman said the priest assaulted her hundreds of times. MacArthur also took her on trips across the United States and took photos of her naked while lying on a bed.

Posted by kshaw at January 21, 2006 09:14 AM