Ohio priest indicted on charge of soliciting sex
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 26 October 2013 07:32

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio grand jury has indicted a priest on a felony charge of soliciting sex at a Cleveland park.

The Cuyahoga County grand jury also indicted the Rev. James McGonegal on charges of abusing harmful intoxicants and public indecency.

The 68-year-old McGonegal was arrested earlier this month after he allegedly solicited a park ranger who was in plainclothes at a park near downtown Cleveland.

Police reports say McGonegal told authorities he has tested positive for HIV.

A message was left after hours Friday for McGonegal's attorney, Henry Hilow. Hilow tells The Plain Dealer that McGonegal is "a good man and a good priest."

A spokesman for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland says it's working with McGonegal as he addresses his issues. McGonegal has stepped away from parish duties.


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