Former priest charged with six counts of sexual assault of a child
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Wis. (WISN) -
A former Fort Atkinson priest has been charged with six counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child.
The Rev. William Nolan, 64, was arrested Tuesday.
The alleged victim, a former altar boy, told investigators the assaults by Nolan took place over a five-year span from the ages of 12 to 17, beginning in February of 2006.
The incidents occurred in Nolan's office, Nolan's home and the altar boy room at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Fort Atkinson.
The victim reported the sexual assault in last month.
The Diocese of Madison issued a statement saying, in part, "Upon learning of his arrest and pending charges a diocesan representative contacted the Fort Atkinson police assuring them of our full cooperation. Simultaneously, and although Fr. Nolan has been retired since 2007 and does not hold any ecclesiastical office or function, Bishop Morlino placed him on what is commonly called “administrative leave,” as required by the Essential Norms in force in the dioceses of the USA. This includes a total exclusion from any exercise of priestly ministry while the matter is pending. The diocese also began its own canonical process of investigating these allegations, and the diocesan Sexual Abuse Review Board was engaged."