Cleveland Priest Charged After Edgewater Arrest


( James McGonegal, Photo from Cleveland Police )

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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.

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