Priest accused of sex abuse dead

August 13, 2008 10:56:40 AM PDT
A former priest who was HIV positive and accused of sexually abusing minors in Texas and Rhode Island has died. The Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth announced Wednesday that Philip Anthony Magaldi died Tuesday in a North Texas health care facility.

Earlier this year, the 72-year-old Magaldi told officials in the diocese he was HIV positive.

Magaldi was removed from active ministries in 1999 following allegations of sexual misconduct in Texas and Rhode Island. The church considered those allegations credible, and Magaldi was removed from clerical status in 2006.

In a statement, officials in the Fort Worth diocese said they will "pray for the repose of his soul."

Magaldi will be cremated and buried with his parents in Florida.

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