1. SOUNDBITE (English) John Anderson, US Attorney, New Mexico:
"Good morning everyone. My name is John Anderson I am the United States attorney for the District of New Mexico. Yesterday, Arthur Perrault was extradited from Morocco and returned to the United States to face federal child sexual abuse charges here in New Mexico."
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3. SOUNDBITE (English) James Langenberg, FBI Special Agent in Charge, Albuquerque:
"Bringing Arthur Perrault back to New Mexico took a lot of patience and perseverance. But the FBI and our partners were determined to make sure he face justice. No matter how long it took or how far we had to go to get him. We also owed it to the victim.
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4. SOUNDBITE (English) James Langenberg, FBI Special Agent in Charge, Albuquerque:
"Two FBI Special Agents from the Albuquerque division flew to Morocco and took custody of Mr. Perrault yesterday. They transported him from Morocco back to the United States ."
The FBI says a fugitive priest accused of child abuse decades ago in New Mexico was taken into custody by U.S. agents in Morocco.
FBI Special Agent in Charge James Langenberg said Friday in Albuquerque that two agents flew to Morocco and took custody of 80-year-old Arthur Perrault on Thursday.
Officials say Perrault had been held by Moroccan authorities for about a year after the FBI determined he was in that country. He was later transferred to U.S. custody.
An arrest warrant filed in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque says Perrault was formally arrested in New York within hours after his return to the U.S.
Arthur J. Perrault, 80, has been charged with criminal aggravated sexual abuse and abusive sexual contact in assaults that federal authorities say happened at Kirtland Airforce Base and Santa Fe National Cemetery, according to an arrest warrant filed in federal court in Albuquerque.
Perrault pleaded not guilty Friday during a short federal court appearance in Albuquerque.
He had been a chaplain at the base in Albuquerque, records show
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