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PENNSYLVANIA: Philly priest charged with soliciting a prostitute

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Rev. Patrick McCormick approached a police officer posing as a prostitute during a undercover operation and offered her money to perform a sex actPHILADELPHIA - March 2, 2012 (WPVI) -- A Roman Catholic priest has been arrested as part of a prostitution sting in Philadelphia.

Police said the Rev. Patrick McCormick approached a police officer posing as a prostitute during a vice unit undercover operation Thursday night and offered her money to perform a sex act.

Investigators said he was arrested on the spot and charged with patronizing a prostitute. He was ordered to perform 18 hours of community service and pay $200 in fines.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia, in a written statement Friday, called the information "deeply troubling" and said McCormick has been placed on administrative leave.

The 48-year-old priest is an assistant pastor at St. Timothy Church in Northeast Philadelphia.

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