Ohio pastor absent from Mass after arrest

CLEVELAND (AP) — A priest in residence has filled in for a Catholic church pastor who was arrested in Cleveland for allegedly soliciting sex in a park.

The Plain Dealer of Cleveland reports that (http://bit.ly/GTr9iN ) there were no direct references to the arrest of the Rev. James McGonegal (Muh-GAHN'-ee-gul) in Sunday morning Mass at the St. Ignatius of Antioch Church. Parish members declined to comment.

He was arrested Friday after allegedly soliciting a park ranger who was in plainsclothes at Edgewater Park. Police reports say McGonegal told authorities he has tested positive for HIV.

Cleveland Catholic Diocese records show the 68-year-old McGonegal has been priest since 1971. A phone message was left for him.

The Diocese said in a statement it has a policy of cooperating with civil authorities in such matters.

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