February 25, 2006

Priest released from electronic monitoring

The Arizona Republic

Cary Aspinwall
The Arizona Republic
Feb. 24, 2006 06:00 PM

Monsignor Dale Fushek won't have to live under house arrest or electronic monitoring before his trial for misdemeanor criminal counts of sexual misconduct.

Justice Samuel Goodman ruled Friday that Fushek appeared to be complying with the court's pretrial conditions, so he removed requirements that Fushek wear an electronic monitoring device and stay under house arrest 24 hours a day.

Fushek, who resigned as pastor of St. Timothy Catholic Church in Mesa last year, was charged in November with 10 misdemeanor criminal counts of sexual misconduct. He is accused of indecent exposure, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and assault involving five minors and two young adult men from 1984 to 1994 at St. Timothy, where Fushek was an influential and well-liked pastor for 20 years. advertisement

Fushek, 53, has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Posted by kshaw at February 25, 2006 07:27 AM