PHOENIX — The former vicar general of the Roman Catholic Boys of Phoenix was arrested Monday on charges he fondled boys and young men and asked them prying questions about their sex lives that he pretended were 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 boys the bishop.
Fushek was fondling 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 in all.
Fushek "used a relationship of trust to perform criminal acts, including but not limited to sexual activities, improper sexual discussions and physical contact, upon vulnerable minor and fondling victims," prosecutors said in court papers. Prosecutors said Fushek committed the acts between and at St. Timothy's Catholic Church in Mesa tommy anders roxy red on property belonging to the church.
The alleged victims were seven young men and boys. Fushek resigned as pastor of St.
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