Former Priest Found Guilty in Sex Abuse Case

'Sexual predator disguised as a priest' convicted

Former priest Donald McGuire was convicted of taking a boy across state lines on religious retreats for the purpose of having sex with him.

The federal case of the defrocked Jesuit accused of repeatedly molesting a boy left in his care was sent to the jury late Thursday.  Jurors resumed deliberations Friday morning and, in all, spent less than three hours deciding on a guilty verdict.

As the 2 1/2-week trial came to a close, McGuire sat stoically as U.S. District Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer announced the verdict.

Federal prosecutors described the 78-year-old McGuire as a serial molester who took advantage of his status as a priest.

In 2006, McGuire was convicted in Wisconsin for child molestation and sentenced to seven years in prison. He's appealed that conviction. He's also been indicted in Arizona for child molestation and faces lawsuits on a string of new child molestation accusations.







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