Second Accusation Made against Suspended Priest

By Michael Clancy
Tucson Citizen
August 27, 2011

A second allegation of sexual molestation has been lodged against the Rev. John D. "Jack" Spaulding, who is suspended from the ministry as a result of the first claim, made a year ago.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix and the Glendale Police Department on Friday confirmed they were approached in late June by a 50-year-old man who leveled a second claim that Spaulding had molested him.

A police report and a statement from the diocese indicated the man, identified only as "Mark," contacted the diocese's Office of Child and Youth Protection before going to police. Diocese officials say the man did not provide his name, address or any details about the incidents.

The diocese says Spaulding was working at Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish in Glendale at the time of the alleged incidents.

The Glendale police report, which redacts the accuser's name and the name of the church, says the accuser was following up on the earlier news about Spaulding, which was made public in June.

He was suspended on June 24 after a 10-month diocese investigation and a review-board determination that the allegation of abuse 25 years earlier, while Spaulding was pastor at St. Maria Goretti in Scottsdale, was credible.

Spaulding, a well-known priest in the diocese, resigned from his job as pastor of St. Timothy in Mesa before the suspension for unrelated reasons. His current whereabouts are unknown, and his lawyer was not available.

The accuser, Mark, said he was abused by Spaulding 37 years earlier. He said Spaulding was a friend of his family's and frequently visited his home. He said Spaulding several times asked that he sleep at the rectory, where he would massage and strip the teenager before grabbing his penis. Mark told police there was no sex.

Glendale police said they would not pursue the matter because the statute of limitations had expired.

The diocese said it could do nothing with the information without more detail.

The diocese was unclear about whether it had forwarded details of the earlier allegation to Rome. There, a determination would be made about Spaulding's future.

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