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Priest Prosecution


This webpage provides information about the ongoing federal prosecution of former New Mexico priest Arthur Perrault.  This webpage will be updated periodically as relevant information becomes available.  (Last updated:  Sept. 21, 2018.)

Indictment in United States v. Arthur Perrault, 17-CR-2558 (filed under seal on Sept. 21, 2017; unsealed on Sept. 21, 2018). 

On Sept. 21, 2017, a federal grand jury in Albuquerque, N.M., returned a seven-count indictment charging Perrault with sexually abusing a minor while on federally-protected land in the District of New Mexico in 1991 and 1992.  The indictment was unsealed on Sept. 21, 2018, after Perrault was extradited from Morocco and was returned to the United States to face the charges in the indictment in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico.  The public is reminded that charges in an indictment are merely allegations and defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


PRESS RELEASE:  FORMER PRIEST EXTRADITED FROM MOROCCO TO FACE FEDERAL CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE CHARGES IN NEW MEXICO – Arthur Perrault Prosecuted Under Project Safe Childhood for Allegedly Sexually Abusing Child on Kirtland Air Force Base and Santa Fe National Cemetery in 1991-1992

Click here to see the press release.

INFORMATION SOUGHT AS TO ARTHUR PERRAULTThe Albuquerque office of the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office are seeking information from individuals who may have had contact with Perrault.  Individuals with information about Perrault’s contact with minors are asked to contact the Albuquerque office of the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI, or email the U.S. Attorney’s Office at

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Updated September 21, 2018