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Monsignor’s sexual assault case dismissed

Brad Williams

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A sexual assault charge against a 95-year-old La Crosse priest has been dismissed. 

Monsignor Bernard McGarty had been scheduled for trial next week on a fourth-degree charge of assault, for allegedly offering money to a woman for sex. 

The incident reportedly happened last year on a park bench outside La Crosse’s Main Street Library. 

District attorney Tim Gruenke says he moved to drop the case against McGarty because of the priest’s age and medical condition, and because a trial would have been delayed until later this year over concerns about the coronavirus.  

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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