MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin Supreme Court will decide Tuesday whether to throw out a sexual assault conviction against a former spiritual adviser to Mother Teresa.
Donald McGuire claimed he never got a fair trial when he was convicted in Walworth County in 2006 on 5 counts of indecent behavior with children. The former priest taught at a suburban Chicago boys’ academy in the late 1960’s when he allegedly molested 2 teenage boys at a cottage in Fontana, near Lake Geneva.
McGuire’s defense attorney, Robert Henak, said prosecutors waited 36 years to charge the priest – and he said the 2 victims’ testimony was not credible. During verbal arguments in January, Henak told the Supreme Court the students were lying about being abused but the witnesses could support that claim have died – and key records were not available for McGuire’s trial.
McGuire, who’s in his late 70’s, was given a 7 year prison term – but he stayed free during his appeals. He was also convicted in 2008 on federal charges of leaving the U.S. to have sex with a teen from 2000 to 2003.