House Arrest Lifted for Priest

February 25, 2006

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

Justice of the Peace Sam Goodman ruled yesterday that Fushek appeared to be complying with the court's pretrial conditions.

Goodman then removed requirements that Fushek wear an electronic- monitoring device and stay under house arrest 24 hours a day.

Fushek resigned as pastor of St. Timothy Catholic Church in Mesa last year.

He was charged in November with ten misdemeanor criminal counts of sexual misconduct.

Fushek 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.

The 53-year-old Fushek plead not guilty to all charges.


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