New Mexico Man Describes Sexual Abuse In Trial Of Retired Air Force Chaplain

A New Mexico man counted scores of instances Thursday of sexual abuse by a former Roman Catholic priest and Air Force chaplain in the early 1990s, testifying that the then-pastor inappropriately touched him at Kirtland Air Force Base, a church rectory, a veterans’ cemetery and an amusement park when he was as young as 10 years old.

The testimony came during a federal jury trial in Santa Fe for Arthur Perrault, a retired Air Force Reserve colonel, who has pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated sexual abuse and abusive sexual contact.

He was accused in court of abusing the witness at each of the locations in New Mexico. However, the federal charges only stem from abuse that authorities say occurred at Santa Fe National Cemetery and at Kirtland in Albuquerque — two military sites that fall under federal jurisdiction.

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