Mountain Home priest arrested on sex abuse, exploitation charge

Victor Jagerstatter
Victor Jagerstatter

Mountain Home Police arrested Victor Jagerstatter, 39, Friday on suspicion of sexual abuse and exploitation of a vulnerable adult, police said, but they gave no further information.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise issued a statement to KBOI-TV Friday evening, saying the diocese "has learned of the arrest of Rev. Victor Jagerstatter, Parish Administrator of Our Lady Good Counsel in Mountain Home. The Diocese will cooperate fully with law enforcement officials in their investigation. Due to the seriousness of the allegations, Fr. Jagerstatter has been placed on administrative leave. We hold up in prayer all those involved in this matter."

Police said the investigation is ongoing. Jagerstatter was booked into the Elmore County Jail at 11 a.m. Friday, according to a jail supervisor. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the charge Monday.

No further information was available Friday night about the case or the relationship between the priest and the adult he is accused of abusing.