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Reverend Arrested, Charged With Patronizing A Prostitute In Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - A reverend within the Philadelphia Archdiocese has been placed on administrative leave after he was arrested and charged with patronizing a prostitute, church officials said Friday.

Father Patrick McCormick was arrested February 23rd at about 11 p.m. in the 3300 block of Kensington Avenue. A female officer was posing as a decoy, authorities said, which resulted in the arrest of the 48-year-old reverend.

The next day, church officials say McCormick informed the Archdioceses that he was arrested, but the charge was DUI.

The Archdiocese learned Friday evening McCormick was actually charged with patronizing a prostitute.

In a statement, the church said, “This information is deeply troubling.”

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