The preliminary hearing date has been delayed for Victor Jagerstatter, the priest accused of sexually assaulting an unconscious airman back in July.
The Elmore County, Idaho judge has rescheduled the hearing for January 6. It was originally set for Monday.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Jagerstatter was accused of attempting oral sex with an airman who was passed out.
The airman, who is stationed at Mountain Home AFB in southwestern Idaho, stated that he woke up at 3am to find he’d been sexually assaulted by Jagerstatter, after a night of drinking on July 9.
Police say the victim was “unable to protect himself from exploitation due to his mental impairment because of his level of intoxication” and “lacked the capacity to make or communicate decisions regarding his person.” The victim was apparently renting a room in Jagerstatter’s home.
Rev. Jagerstatter is the Parish Administrator of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Mountain Home. On the website, catholicidaho.org, Jagerstatter’s current assignment listing shows, “administrative leave”. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise lists his ordination date as June 8, 2006.
KTVB reported back in July, that the courtroom gallery was packed during the priest’s bond hearing and that many of the onlookers wore buttons that read, “We Support Father Victor.”
Mountain Home AFB is located in southwestern Idaho in Elmore County. It is home to the 366th Fighter Wing, the “Gunfighters.” The 366th Fighter Wing is a member of an air expeditionary force. The Wing blends the firepower of F-15C Eagles and the F-15E Strike Eagles, to form a cohesive aerial strike force.
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