2012 Lawsuit Alleges Son Died As a Result of Abuse by Father John Spaulding

By Bianca Buono
12 News NBC
January 10, 2020

Spaulding was indicted Thursday, accused of sexually assaulting two boys under the age of 15 from 2003 to 2007.

A Valley father tried suing the Diocese of Phoenix back in 2012 claiming his son was molested by Father John Spaulding and died because of it.

Nearly a decade later, that priest has been indicted, accused of sexually assaulting two other boys under the age of 15.

In June of 2010, David Michael Pain Jr.'s body was found in a hotel parking lot in Mesa. He had been shot by his father, David Michael Pain Sr. in an act of self-defense.

Pain Jr. had broken into his father's Scottsdale home while under the influence of meth.

In a lawsuit, Pain Sr. says his son's behavior was out of control. He says he was suicidal and was abusing drugs. He says it's because he was molested by his priest, Father John Spaulding.








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