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Cleveland Priest Arrested for Soliciting Sex in Park

English: Martyrdom of St Ignatius of Antioch

English: Martyrdom of St Ignatius of Antioch (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Friday, police arrested a Cleveland pastor suspected of soliciting sex from an off-duty park ranger at Edgewater Park.

Charges against James McGonegal, the pastor of St. Ignatius of Antioch on Lorain Avenue, were hinted at in the church’s Sunday Mass. “Today we pray for this parish, and our pastor,” a church lector said before Sunday’s sermon.

An incident report from Cleveland Metroparks said McGonegal offered $50 to a park ranger in civilian clothes to help him “get off” and then exposed himself. After being arrested, he was taken to Cleveland City Jail, where he told jail workers he is HIV-positive. He was released on a personal bond on Saturday.

He is charged with public indecency and abusing harmful intoxicants.

McGonegal has been the pastor of St. Ignatius since the 1980s, and has been a priest since 1971.

Via Cleveland.com.

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