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Ohio priest charged with soliciting sex

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CLEVELAND: A Catholic church’s pastor has been arrested in Cleveland for allegedly soliciting sex in a park.

The Plain Dealer of Cleveland reports (http://bit.ly/1gy9F96 ) that the Rev. James McGonegal (Muh-GAHN’-ee-gul) approached a park ranger who was in plainsclothes at Edgewater Park on Friday.

Cleveland Catholic Diocese records show the 68-year-old McGonegal has been at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church since the 1980s, and has been a priest since 1971. He is the church’s pastor.

A message was left for him Saturday at the church offices.

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


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