January 22, 2006

Accused priest wants house arrest lifted

East Valley Tribune

By Gary Grado, Tribune
January 22, 2006
An East Valley priest accused of 10 sex-related misdemeanor charges asked a judge Friday to let him off house arrest while he awaits trial.

Gilbert-South Mesa Justice of the Peace Judge Sam Goodman will consider the request at Monsignor Dale Fushek’s next scheduled court appearance in February. He asked in December for one year to prepare his defense.

Fushek’s attorney, Thomas Hoidal, said Fushek wants to be able to visit his sick brother in Flagstaff and attend to priestly duties but can’t while confined to his home.

“He can’t even attend church based on the conditions he has here,” Hoidal said.

Fushek, 53, was arrested and charged in November. He is on administrative leave from his duties at St. Timothy’s Catholic Community in southwest Mesa.

Posted by kshaw at January 22, 2006 09:18 AM