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A HIV positive priest, Rev. James McGonegal has been arrested for soliciting and masturbating in public.


A HIV positive priest, Rev. James McGonegal has been arrested for soliciting and masturbating in public.

Rev. James McGonegal is arrested for soliciting sex and masturbating.

A HIV positive priest, Rev. James McGonegal has been arrested for soliciting and masturbating in public.

The priest of  St. Ignatius of Antioch Church on the west side of Cleveland came to be arrested this past Friday after he he went on to unwittingly offer an off duty Cleveland Metroparks ranger a fun trick to the tune of $50.

Offering the ranger $50 to get him off in a crowded parking lot, Rev. James McGonegal went on to masturbate before being arrested.

The reverend’s subsequent disclosure that he was HIV positive also came after being booked.

Goes on to explain gawker:

The police report makes the whole incident even sadder, as it inventories the priest’s cruising stash of poppers and cock rings:

While conducting a tow inventory of McGonegal’s vehicle three sexual devices, commonly referred to as “cock rings,” were located. One of these rings was wrapped around the lid to a bottle labeled “Pig Sweat.” The bottle logo was of a pig/man figure wearing buttocks-free chaps. Below the name of the bottle was writing stating the product was nail polish remover. The labeling also indicated that the product contained isobutyl nitrate, a harmful intoxicant.

Asked to explain what ‘Pig Sweat’ referred to, Rev. James McGonegal went on to tell he would buy the sweat from a sex shop and smelling the product would give him “a buzz.”

McGonegal, who has been a priest since 1971 and the pastor at St. Ignatius since the 1980s, now faces charges of soliciting after positive HIV test, public indecency, and abusing harmful intoxicants. He was released Saturday morning on a personal bond.

At the 11 a.m. mass Sunday morning at his Cleveland parish, McGonegal was absent and no mention was made of his arrest other than a prayer: “Today we pray for this parish, and our pastor.”

Commentators on the web have gone on to speculate whether the reverend had planned to tell a potential partner if he was HIV positive and to what degree he could be held in contempt for his behavior. Others have gone on to express dismay that the reverend has gone on to abuse his post whilst others wonder if the church itself has served to perpetuate a kind of warped and latent sexual yearning that the reverend felt he had no recourse but to explore…. and how.

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