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Priest arrested for soliciting park ranger

Associated Press • Oct 14, 2013 at 2:40 PM

The Plain Dealer of Cleveland reported there were no direct references during Sunday morning Mass at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church regarding the arrest of the Rev. James McGonegal. Parish members declined to comment.

McGonegal was arrested Friday after allegedly soliciting a park ranger who was in plainclothes at Edgewater Park. Police reports said 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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