November 26, 2005

High-Ranking Priest Arrested and Charged with Sexual Misconduct Involving Boys and Young Men


Date Published: November 26, 2005
Source: Newsinferno News Staff

Monsignor Dale Fushek, the former vicar general of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, has been arrested on charges he fondled boys and young men and questioned them about their sex lives while pretending to be conducting confessions.

As vicar general, the highest-ranking administrator of a diocese next to the bishop, Fushek, 53, is one of the highest-ranking priests to be implicated in the widespread sex scandal that just won’t go away.

He has been charged with three counts of assault, five of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and two of indecent exposure. Since each charge is a misdemeanor, Fushek faces a total of three years and nine months in jail.

Fushek has been placed under house arrest and ordered to wear an electronic ankle bracelet for monitoring until his arraignment on December 6. He also had to surrender his passport and was ordered not have contact with anyone under age 18.

Posted by kshaw at November 26, 2005 02:21 PM