Edward J. Arsenault
A Catholic priest who was once a top official in the Manchester diocese was sentenced to four years in a state prison Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to three felony charges for stealing tens of thousands of dollars from his diocese, a Catholic hospital and the estate of a dead priest.
Judge Diane Nicolosi of Hillsborough County Superior Court-North sentenced Msgr. Edward J. Arsenault to prison and ordered him to repay the $185,000 he stole and to pay restitution, for a total of about $300,000.
Msgr. Edward J. Arsenault will plead guilty to charges of stealing money from his New Hampshire diocese and from a Catholic hospital and the estate of a deceased priest.