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Former Arizona Priest Dies Just Before Facing Trial

Please pray for the repose of his soul.

A former Catholic priest who was indicted on child sex crimes has died before his trial, according to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix.

John “Jack” Dallas Spaulding died Tuesday at the age of 75.

He was facing six counts of sexual misconduct with a minor and one count of molestation of a child. The two boys were under the age of 15 during the alleged incidents, which were reported to have occurred in 2003 and 2007.

Spaulding was a priest at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church in Cave Creek and St. Timothy Catholic Church in Mesa when the alleged acts took place, according to a statement from the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.

Jennifer Liewer, the county attorney’s spokeswoman, said the office will ask the court to dismiss the charges, a standard practice when a suspect dies.

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