Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Wisconsin justices seem skeptical of former priest's appeal

Wisconsin justices seem skeptical of former priest's appeal

Associated Press - January 5, 2010 4:44 PM ET

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Supreme Court justices appear unlikely today to overturn the sexual assault conviction of a former Jesuit priest whose attorney says was falsely accused.

Attorney Robert Henak said the two alleged victims were lying about being assaulted by Donald McGuire, but a prosecutor responded that Henak was unfairly attacking the victims.

The men came forward in 2003 to report they were abused by McGuire during trips to Wisconsin in 1967 or 1968. At the time, McGuire taught the boys at Loyola Academy in Wilmette.

McGuire was convicted on five counts of indecent behavior with a child and sentenced to seven years in prison.

The Wisconsin case helped pave the way for federal prosecutors in Chicago to convict McGuire on charges of traveling outside the U.S. and across state lines to have sex with a teenager. He is now serving a 25-year prison sentence.

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