Former priest, Arthur Perrault convicted of federal child sexual abuse

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A federal jury has come back with a verdict in the case of an accused child abuser and former Catholic priest, Arthur Perrault. 

Perrault, an 81-year-old priest who from 1973 to 1992 served under the Archdiocese of Santa Fe has been convicted on federal child sexual abuse charges. The former priest was accused of repeatedly sexually abusing an altar boy.

Perrault was also accused of sexual abuse by seven other victims that testified to the incidents that took place in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s when the victims were children. The jury in the trial heard from other witnesses that testified to Perrault’s admission of molestation.

Evidence presented against Perrault included two letters written by Perrault in which he apologized to the mother of a victim in one letter, and in the other admitted to molesting “teens.”

The verdict comes after an eight-day trial that took place before U.S. District Judge Martha Vasquez. Arthur Perrault is to remain in custody until sentencing which has not yet been scheduled.

Perrault faces a statutory maximum penalty of a life term of imprisonment on the aggravated sexual abuse charges, in addition to a maximum penalty of 10 years for the charge of abusive sexual contact.

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