La Crosse priest cited for disorderly conduct in Wausau

La Crosse priest cited for disorderly conduct in Wausau

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A La Crosse priest was cited Thursday for disorderly conduct after asking a Wausau massage therapist to touch his genitals.

Wausau television station WSAW reported that Monsignor Bernard McGarty, 89, was receiving a massage when he lifted the coverings off his groin and asked the masseuse to rub his genitals.

The massage therapist refused and left the room, according to WSAW; she told police McGarty then called her a derogatory name.

McGarty was not arrested but issued a $250 ticket.

Wausau police did not immediately respond to a message left Friday.

A retired priest, McGarty served in several leadership positions with the Diocese of La Crosse and is a visiting scholar of ecumenical studies at Viterbo University.

McGarty declined to comment Friday.

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