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A Pennsylvania priest allegedly stole nearly $100,000 from his parish, and brought the spoils to a beach house and have sexual relations with an adult man.
Monsignor Joseph McLoone, 56, was on Wednesday arrested for the crime of theft and related charges after investigators discovered that, in 2011, it opened a secret bank account where he funneled the donations of the parishioners of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Downingtown, the Chester County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release.
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“Father McLoone held a position of leadership, and I trust him to properly handle their generous donations to the church,” district Attorney chief of staff Charles Gaza said. “Father McLoone violated the trust and confidence of the members of the Pc. Joseph, for his own personal gain.”
He used the money to finance his personal lifestyle, including paying for a home on the beach in Ocean City, N. J., and bankroll his travel, food, relationships and sex with men he met on dating apps, prosecutors said. He also allegedly gave themselves a raise, and a doubling of funding for the celebration of the Mass and officiating at weddings and funerals.
The Chester County District Attorney’s Office, said McLoone, was on Wednesday arrested for the theft of a Pc. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Downingtown, Pa. (Chester County District Attorney’s Office via AP)
In the court of the archbishop’s administration learned about the bank accounts by 2018, and asked McLoone, who entered it in the account to be in violation of the standard of financial procedures, and admitted that he had used some of the funds for the personal expenses of an inappropriate nature,” the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, said in a statement.
The account has been closed, and McLoone, was on administrative leave prior to his resignation from the parish, the Archdiocese said.
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“These allegations are serious and disturbing,” the statement read. “The Archdiocese and the parish, and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement if a criminal matter is going to be the next step. In anticipation of the outcome, Monsignor McLoone and remains on an administrative leave of absence.”
Church officials have promised to pursue financial compensation on behalf of the parish.