January 21, 2006

County Detectives Arrest Priest on Sexual Assault Charges

Washington Missourian

By Ed Pruneau

Franklin County detectives obtained a fugitive arrest warrant Thursday afternoon for a Catholic priest charged with sexually assaulting three young girls four decades ago in Wisconsin. The fugitive warrant will al

County deputies arrested MacArthur Thursday at the Evergreen Hills Home on Vondera Road between Robertsville and Lonedell. Toelke said the suspect had been staying at the home for about 2 1/2 years.

MacArthur is charged in Dodge County with seven felony counts, including two counts of engaging in sexual intercourse with a child, four counts of indecent behavior with a child and one count of attempted indecent behavior with a child, according to copies of court documents sent to the Franklin County sheriff's office.

A detective with the Beaver Dam, Wis., police department questioned the three victims in late 2005 and early 2006 in preparing the case against MacArthur.

Posted by kshaw at January 21, 2006 09:20 AM