Catholic Priest in Tucson Diocese Indicted on Sex Charge

December 6, 2006

Tucson, Ariz. A priest assigned to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson has been indicted on charges he sexually abused two boys in the 1980s.

The Reverend Gary E. Underwood was indicted on eight charges of sexual conduct with a minor and child molestation.

The diocese lists Underwood as being on leave and currently serving as a chaplain at Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, Louisiana.

But under diocese policy, he has been suspended from the priesthood.

He's accused of victimizing two boys under the age of 15 in 1983 and 1984 while serving as a priest at St. Odilia's Catholic Church in Tucson.

Underwood's attorney says his client is innocent and that they look forward to litigating.

Three priests at the Tucson diocese have been imprisoned for sexual abuse.


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