Feeney Pleads Not Guilty to Sexually Assaulting Altar Boy [Wisconsin]
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Former priest John Patrick Feeney pleaded not guilty to five charges that he sexually assaulted an altar boy in Freedom in the late 1970's and tried to assault the boy's brother. Feeney entered the pleas Thursday morning in Outagamie County court.

The special prosecutor indicated more criminal charges could be coming against the former priest, who is now 76 years old.

A jury trial was scheduled for December 8th.

The judge agreed to change the bond conditions that would let Feeney return to California until his trial begins.

Feeney has been living in a Milwaukee hotel since friends posted his $100,000 bond last fall. Feeney has a brother and other relatives in California, and he continued to rent an apartment in California since his arrest.

As a condition of the bond, Feeney must make daily contact with his attorney as a way to ensure he isn't fleeing prosecution. If he doesn't make daily contact, his bond could be revoked and Feeney extradited to Wisconsin again.

A judge also ordered Feeney not to have any contact with any child under 18 years old unless another adult is present.

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