February 28, 2006

Priest is facing charges

Watertown Daily Times

By Diane Graff of the Daily Times staff

JUNEAU - A former Beaver Dam priest made his initial appearance in Dodge County Court Friday on numerous sexual assault charges. The charges stem from incidents that occurred about 40 years ago while the man was a Catholic priest at the Beaver Dam hospital.

Bruce Duncan MacArthur, 84, appeared before Judge Andrew Bissonnette on 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.

The offenses occurred back in the mid-1960s with three different girls all under the age of 18 at the time.

The judge set bail at $10,000 cash. MacArthur's attorney, Alexander Flynn, had argued for a lesser amount because of the defendant's age and ill health.

Posted by kshaw at February 28, 2006 08:03 AM