Cleveland priest arrested

Associated Press


A priest in residence has filled in for a Catholic church pastor who was arrested in Cleveland for allegedly soliciting sex in a park.

The Plain Dealer of Cleveland reports that there were no direct references to the arrest of the Rev. James McGonegal in Sunday morning Mass at the St. Ignatius of Antioch Church. He was arrested Friday after allegedly soliciting a park ranger who was in plain clothes at Edgewater Park. McGonegal told authorities he has tested positive for HIV.


Cleveland Catholic Diocese records show the 68-year-old McGonegal has been a priest since 1971. A phone message was left for him.

The Diocese said in a statement it has a policy of cooperating with civil authorities in such matters.

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