Cleveland priest Father James McGonegal charged after allegedly soliciting sex from Metropark ranger

CLEVELAND - A Cleveland priest has been formally charged with allegedly soliciting sex from a Cleveland Metropark ranger earlier this month.

According to the indictment, Father James McGonegal is charged with soliciting sex for hire with knowledge that he texted positive for HIV, abusing harmful intoxicants, and public indecency for "engaging in sexual conduct or masturbation."

McGonegal was arrested Oct. 11 after he offered a Cleveland Metropark ranger $50 for sex at Edgewater Park, a park spokeswoman said. McGonegal also admitted he is HIV positive, which increased the charges.

McGonegal also stepped down from his duties at St. Ignatius of Antioch Parish. The Cleveland Catholic Diocese said that McGonegal's status was under review following his arrest.

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