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Watertown Priest Enters Pleas to Charges of Theft in a Business Setting and Theft by Fraud


WATERTOWN - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that on December 7, 2010, Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Weston accepted Thomas Marr's guilty pleas to charges of theft in a business setting and theft by fraud.


The matter was adjourned for completion of a presentence investigation report. The maximum possible penalty for theft is a term of imprisonment not to exceed 10 years or a $10,000 fine, or both, as to each count.


According to the criminal complaint, Thomas Marr served as a priest for a Watertown area parish. Between 2007-2009, the complaint alleges that Marr took money from various parish accounts. In addition, Marr also allegedly solicited funds from members of the parish, family members, other clergy, and friends, representing that Marr intended to use the funds to assist parish members in financial distress. Marr promised that he (Marr) would repay these people quickly. During this period, Marr provided the funds he obtained from the parish and others to assist a second person in recovering money that the second person claimed was owed him from an overseas business transaction.


The charges are the result of an investigation by the Watertown Police Department and the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation. Assistant Attorney General Donald V. Latorraca represents the state.


Criminal Complaint