Cleveland Priest Charged After Edgewater Arrest
CLEVELAND — A Cleveland priest arrested Friday afternoon, accused of soliciting sex at Edgewater Beach, was released Saturday, according to officials with the Cleveland Municipal Court.
Rev. James McGonegal, a priest at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church on Lorain Ave. in Cleveland, was arrested after he allegedly signaled over a man to his car and offered him $50 for oral sex, according to Cleveland Metroparks Rangers.
That man turned out to be a ranger in plain clothes.
Following his arrest, McGonegal admitted to authorities that he is HIV positive.
McGonegal was charged with Soliciting After a Positive HIV Test, Public Indecency and Abusing Harmful Intoxicants. He was released after a judge granted him a personal bond.
McGonegal’s arraignment is set for Tuesday morning.