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Sexual assault case against retired priest moves toward trial date

La Crosse, Wis. (WXOW) – The attorney for a retired priest appeared in court on Tuesday asking for a trial date for her client.

94-year-old Monsignor Bernard McGarty faces 4th-degree sexual assault charges.

In the criminal complaint, the victim told investigators that McGarty approached her as she sat on a bench outside the main branch of the La Crosse Library on May 11.

Video cameras at the library captured what happened according to the complaint. She said she told him she was homeless. He then handed her twenty dollars. The complaint said that McGarty asked to see some of her tattoos, he took her arm and placed it in his lap with clear sexual intentions.

McGarty didn’t appear in court on Tuesday. Earlier this year his attorney entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

McGarty is currently free on a signature bond.

Andrea Albers

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