East Valley News Briefs
Suspended Priest to Get Hearing

The Arizona Republic
July 16, 2006

MESA - A Maricopa County Superior Court hearing is scheduled for Friday on whether a suspended Mesa priest should get a jury trial on six misdemeanor sex charges.

Judge Douglas Rayes will hear suspended Monsignor Dale Fushek's appeal of a ruling by San Tan Justice of the Peace Sam Goodman, who said Fushek should have a jury on only one of seven sex charges.

If Rayes rejects the appeal, Goodman would decide if Fushek is guilty or not guilty of five counts on contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count of assault.

Fushek, 53, is the former pastor of St. Timothy Catholic Church in Mesa and was the founder of a nationwide church-based program called Life Teen.


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