Attorneys ask judge to release priest accused of sexual assault

New Mexico

Attorneys for a New Mexico priest accused of fleeing the U.S. decades ago amid sexual assault charges are asking he be released pending trial. 

Arthur Perrault was brought back to the U.S. last week to face rape charges connected to one of his alleged victims from the 1990s. 

Perrault was found in Morocco. 

Prosecutors argued that Perrault was a flight risk and should remain locked up. The judge agreed, but now his attorneys are asking he be released to a halfway house given that he’s 80 years old, suffered a stroke in 2015, and has no criminal history. 

The judge has not yet ruled.

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