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94-year-old priest from La Crosse to be tried next year for sexual assault



A Catholic monsignor from La Crosse is scheduled to go on trial next year on a 4th-degree sexual assault charge. 

A trial date of April 17th has been set for Bernard McGarty, who’s accused of trying to pay a woman for sex outside the La Crosse Public Library. 

McGarty will turn 95 in January. 

He entered a plea of ‘not guilty’ back in June.

Besides allegedly offering a woman money for sex, McGarty is accused of putting the woman’s hand on his genitals. 

Police say the incident happened earlier this year, on a park bench outside the library on Main Street. 

The monsignor was placed on leave by the La Crosse Diocese after he was charged. 

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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