CA Priest Suspended For Sending Nude Pics To Church Pool Boy
Even men of the cloth get thirsty.
Monsignor Lawrence McGovern has been suspended from his position as a priest in a Stockton, California parish. McGovern is accused of sending unsolicitied nude pics to the parish's pool maintenance man, who was fired when he declined the priest's advances.
According to an attorney for the unidentified father of two, who is also a church parishioner, McGovern sent his client sexually explicit pictures.
“It’s extremely disturbing that the person’s who is head of this parish would be sending text with photographs of his exposed genitals,” attorney Vince Finaldi said before ading. “Someone’s who’s engaging in that type of conduct has very, very serious credibility issues and issues with judgement.”
According to Finaldi, his client confronted the priest over the pictures and pressed him over his vow of celibacy.
According to the victim, McGovern responded, “Oh, that just means that you’re not married.”
The Diocese has issued a statement in the wake of the allegations:
“Today the Diocese of Stockton learned for the first time of employment related allegations against Monsignor Lawrence McGovern, the Pastor of Presentation Parish in Stockton. In accordance with the Canon Law of the Church, Bishop Stephen Blaire has placed Monsignor McGovern on administrative leave pending a full and complete investigation.”
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