[quote=bear06]I just got this the other day:
Phoenix, Nov. 21 (CWNews.com) - Msgr. Dale Fushek, the fouder of
the popular LifeTeen youth program, was arrested today in Mesa, the
Arizona Republic has reported. He will face several charges of
assault, indecent exposure, and contributing to the delinquency of a
Msgr. Fushek, who was the vicar general of the Phoenix diocese under
Bishop Thomas O’Brien, was replaced in that role in 2003, after
O’Brien resigned and was replaced by Bishop Thomas Olmstead. Fushek
was suspended from active ministry in December of last year after he
was accused of involvement in the sexual abuse of a minor. He has
consistently said that he is not guilty of the charges.
The fast that he consistently denied the charges proves nothing as most criminals never admit their crimes. If he is guilty he deserves his punishment along with the other pedophiles that have shaken the Church to its core .
That being said, if the only evidence against him is the resurfacing of repressed memories and polygraph test results as has been rumored, I would be hard pressed to find him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Why? Repressed memories are very unreliable, much more so than most people would believe . In fact normal memory is highly unreliable. We tend to remember good events as being better than they actually were as well as bad events being worse. Recovered repressed memories have in many cases been found to have been planted by the interviewers, perhaps unintentionally, by the questions asked.
Polygraph tests are EXTREMELY unreliable at detecting anything other than changes in heart beat, changes in blood pressure and sweat, which for normal people indicate stress or nervousness. For people with truly pathological personalities, they are of no use whatsoever as these people don’t have the same psychological reaction to stressful questions as do normal folks, by and large… That is the reason they are not admissable as evidence in courts of competent criminal jurisdiction. They do have one group of staunch supporters though, their manufacturers and those who are trained to use them. No one else places much value in them or their results for criminal cases.