Cleveland Priest Indicted On Charge Of Soliciting Sex

Saturday October 26, 2013 7:54 AM
UPDATED: Saturday October 26, 2013 7:55 AM

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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