Youngstown-area priest accused of sexual misconduct removed from service in Phoenix

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A priest accused of sexual misconduct within the Diocese of Youngstown has been removed from public ministry in Phoenix.

Father Frank Zappitelli is a retired priest of the Diocese of Phoenix. When the diocese learned he had been placed on Youngstown’s list of accused priests, the bishop removed him from service.

The 84-year-old moved to Phoenix from Youngstown in 1983. He served at six parishes there.

After he retired in 2001, Zappitelli helped out at another parish.

His allegation of sexual misconduct dates back to the mid-’70s in the Youngstown area.

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