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The Latest: Fugitive priest pleads not guilty to sexual abuse

ALBUQUERQUE, N. M. – The Latest news about the arrest of a fugitive priest from New Mexico on sexual abuse of children against (all times are local):

3:50 p.m.

A fugitive priest suspected of child abuse decades ago in New Mexico has pleaded not guilty to seven counts of abuse.

Arthur Perrault entered his plea Friday in U. S. District Court in Albuquerque after his arrest in Morocco and return to the US.

The 80-year-old Perrault is faced with the costs of the criminal aggravated sexual abuse and abusive sexual contact in incidents that federal authorities say that happened in the Kirtland Air Force Base and the Santa Fe National Cemetery in the 1990s.

Perrault disappeared in 1992, just a few days before a lawyer filed two lawsuits against the archdiocese alleged Perrault was sexually seven children.

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12:15 pm

The FBI says a fugitive priest suspected of child abuse decades ago in New Mexico, was taken into custody by AMERICAN agents in Morocco.

FBI Special Agent in Charge James Langenberg said Friday in Albuquerque that two agents flew to Morocco and took the authority of the 80-year-old Arthur Perrault on Thursday.

Officials say Perrault was held by the Moroccan authorities for about a year after the FBI determined he was in that country. He was later transferred to the US custody.

An arrest warrant filed at the U. S. District Court in Albuquerque says Perrault was formally arrested in New York within a few hours after his return to the U.S.

He is facing the charges of criminal aggravated sexual abuse and abusive sexual contact in incidents that federal authorities say that happened in the Kirtland Air Force Base and the Santa Fe National Cemetery. It was unclear whether he has a lawyer.

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10:45 pm

A fugitive priest suspected of child abuse decades ago in New Mexico was arrested.

Court documents show the 80-year-old Arthur J. Perrault was Thursday arrested in New York, and is charged with the criminal aggravated sexual abuse and abusive sexual contact in the violence that federal authorities say that happened in Kirtland air force Base and the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

He is scheduled for an initial federal court appearance Friday in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Perrault was a chaplain at the base in Albuquerque.

He disappeared in 1992, just a few days before a lawyer filed two lawsuits against the archdiocese alleged Perrault was sexually seven children in his parish.

Perrault turned up last year in Morocco, working at an English language school for the children, where he was subsequently fired.

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