New Hampshire Priest Paroled on Theft Charges, Starts 3rd Sentence

A New Hampshire priest has been granted parole on two charges dealing with the theft of $300,000 from a hospital, a dead priest's estate and the state's Roman Catholic bishop.

Monsignor Edward Arsenault pleaded guilty to three theft charges in 2014. He was sentenced to serve concurrent four-to-10 year sentences on two of them; two years were suspended from the minimum of each. He was paroled on those charges Tuesday.

He now starts his third sentence. He would be eligible for parole in two years.

Arsenault held several senior positions in the New Hampshire diocese from 1999 to 2009, when he became president and CEO of Saint Luke Institute in Maryland, resigning in 2013.

Prosecutors said Arsenault used the money for meals, travel, cellphones, computer equipment, and other expenses.

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