November 21, 2005

Former top diocesan priest in Phoenix arrested


PHOENIX A former top official in the Phoenix Catholic diocese was arrested today.

Word of the arrest of Monsignor Dale Fushek _ co-founder of a large youth group and former Number Two man in the Phoenix diocese _ comes from the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.

A spokesman for the office declines to give details pending a 1:30 p-m news conference.

It was announced in April that Fushek was resigning as pastor of St. Timothy Catholic Church in Mesa amid allegations of sexual improprieties.

In a letter to parishioners, Fushek denied the allegations against him but said he resigned in order to protect his parishioners from the "ordeal."

Posted by kshaw at November 21, 2005 01:11 PM