In a taped confession, Father Bruce MacArthur admits to abusing about 30 children during his priesthood. He worked in churches across KELOLAND from 1953 to 1973.
Judy DeLonga was one MacArthur's victims. In 2003 she filed a lawsuit against the Sioux Falls Catholic Diocese, claiming the church knew about the abuse and did little to stop it.
The suit was settled out of court this week, but the investigation in her case uncovered several letters between Bishops concerning MacArthur's sexual abuse.
When complaints of his abuse came forward, the church transferred and gave him psychological treatment, but never removed his priesthood.
Judy DeLonga was not the first child abused by Catholic Priest Bruce MacArthur.
Here are two complaints, sent to then Sioux Falls Bishop Lambert Hoch, dated February 1965. Parents state MacArthur sexually abused their daughters in a Ramona,
And this was after the Sioux Falls Catholic Diocese sent MacArthur to treatment twice.
When the church learned of the abuse allegations, it transferred MacArthur for rehabilitation, but never removed him from his service.
Even after he pleaded guilty in 1978 and served prison time for attempting to rape a hospitalized woman, MacArthur continued to serve the church.
Here's a letter dated 1990 from Sioux Falls Bishop Paul Dudley recommending MacArthur for work as a priest. But
In a 1992 letter, Dudley asked MacArthur's bishop in
And in his own letter to Dudley, MacArthur even points out that
He writes: facts so abhorrent, that I refuse to acknowledge them except to my confessor - these facts that you so adroitly suppressed for my sake.
MacArthur currently lives in
The Sioux Falls Catholic Diocese is asking any other victims of MacArthur to contact them.