Priest who stole from dead priest paroled but remains jailed

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire priest has been granted parole on two of three sentences dealing with the theft of $300,000 from a hospital, a dead priest’s estate and a Roman Catholic bishop.

Monsignor Edward Arsenault pleaded guilty to three theft charges in 2014. He was paroled Tuesday on two of his three sentences in the case but remained in prison to serve his third sentence. He will be eligible again for parole in two years.

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

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

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