November 22, 2005

High-level Phoenix priest accused of sex abuse

Arizona Daily Star

By Michelle Roberts
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 11.22.2005

PHOENIX - The former vicar general of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix was arrested Monday on misdemeanor charges alleging he fondled teenage boys and young men and asked detailed questions about sex misrepresented as part of confession.
Monsignor Dale Fushek, 53, becomes one of the highest-ranking priests to be charged in the sex scandal that has engulfed the church. The vicar general is the highest-ranking administrator of a diocese next to the bishop.
Fushek was charged with three counts of assault, five of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and two of indecent exposure.
All are misdemeanors, punishable by no more than three years and nine months total.

Posted by kshaw at November 22, 2005 11:00 AM