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Family victimized by former Klansman turned priest has more questions

Posted at 6:55 AM, Aug 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-25 06:55:01-04

   WASHINGTON (AP) - A black family who was victimized by a former Klansman turned Catholic priest wonder why he's decided to confess now.

Phillip and Barbara Butler said Father William Aitcheson has never apologized to them for burning a cross on their front lawn 40 years ago, nor has he paid the $23,000 in restitution they are owed.

Aitcheson described his past actions as despicable. For the Butlers, though, his announcement provided more questions than answers.

The Butlers' also want him to identify his Klan associates who helped him burn crosses decades ago. The Butlers said the cross was big and heavy, more than six feet tall.

The Diocese of Arlington says the 62-year-old Aitcheson will cooperate with law enforcement and said it's committed to ensuring he paid restitution.