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Phoenix Diocese: Deacon accused of sexual abuse

PHOENIX -- A deacon working in Phoenix has been accused of sexual abuse, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix said in a statement.

Deacon Ron Gonzalez, 62, allegedly sexually abused a minor in Texas and Pennsylvania between 15 and 20 years ago.

Gonzalez, a deacon in the Diocese of Dallas, has been serving Arizona since 1999. No allegations were brought against him in Arizona.

As a result of the charges, Gonzalez was removed from his position of parish manager at the St. Thomas More Parish in Glendale, where he had been assigned since 2011.

The diocese said anyone with more information on the allegations is asked to contact local law enforcement and the Diocesan Office of Child and Youth Protection at (602) 354-2396.

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