HIV Positive Priest Arrested For Soliciting Sex From Undercover Officer, Masturbating
A Cleveland priest is facing public indecency charges after being arrested for soliciting while being HIV+ (a specific crime in Ohio), masturbating in a crowded parking lot and abusing harmful intoxicants.
The Rev. James McGonegal of Cleveland's St. Ignatius of Antioch Church reportedly told an off duty ranger that he was "cruising" for sex in his Jeep, before offering the ranger $50 to "get him off." McGonegal then began to masturbate in his vehicle, the final straw that lead to his arrest.
While handcuffed in the police car, the priest explained to officers that he was HIV+ and was asked to describe the bottles of poppers and cock rings found in his Jeep.
McGonegal was released on bail Saturday morning. On Sunday, his parish made no mention of his absence other than a prayer offering: “Today we pray for this parish, and our pastor.”
I realllllly hope Cleveland police are not in the midst of a gay sex sting operation.
Anyway, what do you think of the charges this priest faces?