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Jury Finds Ex-New Mexico Priest Guilty of Sex Abuse

Created: April 10, 2019 07:20 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A U.S. jury has found a former priest guilty of sexually abusing a boy nearly three decades ago at a veterans' cemetery and Air Force base in New Mexico.

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The jury reached the verdict Wednesday against 81-year-old Arthur Perrault, who had vanished from New Mexico in 1992.

He was returned to the United States in September from Morocco to face charges of aggravated sexual abuse and abusive sexual contact.

Authorities believe Perrault had multiple victims in New Mexico, but the charges against him stemmed only from the treatment of one boy at Santa Fe National Cemetery and Kirtland Air Force Base, where Perrault was a chaplain.

Prosecutors say the locations fall under federal jurisdiction.

Perrault maintained in court proceedings that he was innocent of the charges.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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