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A rare opportunity to charge Perrault

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Criminal prosecutions involving alleged pedophile priests are rare in New Mexico, but federal authorities found a narrow window of prosecutorial opportunity in their investigation of Arthur Perrault that involved a single alleged victim.

tland Air Force Base, but an 11-year-old altar boy “was the only victim who Perrault abused on federal property within the applicable statute of limitations period,” according to a motion to detain Perrault filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

special agent in charge, said Friday that authorities are looking for individuals who might have additional information about Perrault’s contact with minors over the years.

mail) or by calling the FBI’s Albuquerque Division at 1-800-CALL-FBI, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

, Langenberg added, individuals can contact “their nearest U.S. embassy.”

An FBI investigation found “several victims” were assaulted on KirFederal prosecutors in New Mexico initially had to rely on the federal statute of limitations in effect in 1991 and 1992, when the altar boy was alleged to have been repeatedly molested by Perrault on federal property, including Kirtland Air Force Base.

Back then, the law permitted such criminal prosecutions until a victim turned 25 years old.

When that law changed in 2003, the former altar boy was still under 25. The newer version allows prosecutions during the lifetime of the child, as long as there is federal jurisdiction.

James Langenberg, FBI Individuals may inquire about the pending charges or provide information about other conduct by Perrault by emailing the U.S. Attorney’s Office at usanm-priest@usdoj.gov (link sends eOrEven if the tips from the public don’t necessarily relate to a federal crime, Langenberg said, the FBI will pass on the information to other authorities.

“This case is not over,” he added.

Meanwhile, the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office has been investigating priest cases since March 2016, according to spokesman David Carl. He has said the agency has encountered problems involving the state criminal statute of limitations, but encourages victims and their families to contact the office.

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