A former Mesa priest charged in sexually related offenses against minors will be allowed to have separate trials on the alleged incidents, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge has ruled.
Judge Joseph Kreamer filed his ruling on Wednesday in favor of Monsignor Dale Fushek, who had served in the 1990s at St. Timothy Catholic Community church in Mesa.
Fushek, 56, is accused of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, indecent exposure and assault stemming from hearing confessions and counseling boys in the parish’s Life Teen program between 1984 and 1993. He initially was charged in 2005, and has pleaded innocent to all of the charges.
Fushek’s attorney, Thomas Hoidal, told the Tribune on Thursday that he had not seen the judge’s ruling yet, but they were “obviously pleased.”