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Ex-Priest, 86, sentenced for four decades old sex abuse


JUNEAU, Wisconsin – An 86 year old former Catholic priest and alzheimers patient, The Rev. Bruce Duncan MacArthur, was sentenced to a complex term totalling one year after pleading guilty to sexually abusing young women in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

The sentence includes six months imprisonment, followed by one month in prison each year for the following six years.  Additionally, the ex-priest must register as a sex offender, undergo sex-offenter counselling, and has been ordered to meet with one of his victims for up to ten times to discuss the abuse for a two hour period each time.

MacArthur’s attorney, Alex Flynn, sought a dismissal of the case citing the State of Wisconsin statute of limitations since the abuse happened between 30 and 40 years ago.  The Judge denied the motion to dismiss and ordered the trial to continue.  On appeal, both the Appellate and the State Supreme Court ordered the trial to continue, deciding that since the priest left Wisconsin before the statute of limitations lapsed, the statute did not apply.

It is uncertain that the sentence will be completed in MacArthur’s lifetime.  At 86, and suffering from Alzheimers disease, it is also uncertain how effectively he could comply with the meetings with the victim.  What is certain is that even after 40 years, justice has been served.

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August 17, 2008 - Posted by | Sex Abuse

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