02 March 2012
Daily News Staff Report
Philadelphia Daily News
A priest from a Northeast Philadelphia parish was arrested last week for allegedly trying to pick up a prostitute in Kensington.
Rev. Patrick McCormick, the parochial vicar of St. Timothy’s Church, allegedly approached a police officer posing as a prostitute as part of a citywide vice unit operation on Kensington Avenue near I Street around 11 p.m. on Feb. 23, police said.
After offering money in exchange for sexual favors, McCormick, 48, was arrested on the spot, according to police.
He was charged with patronizing a prostitute and entered into the Accelerated Misdemeanor Program. He was ordered to perform 18 hours of community service and pay $200 in fines, according to court records.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia put out a statement Friday night calling the information “deeply troubling.” McCormick has been put on administrative leave.
It said in a statement that McCormick told the Archdiocese the day after his arrest that he had been charged with DUI, not promoting a prostitute. The Archdiocese said it just found out about the prostitution charges Friday at 5 p.m.
Local Priest Arrested For Picking Up Prostitute
Updated: Friday, 02 Mar 2012, 10:30 PM EST
Published : Friday, 02 Mar 2012, 10:13 PM EST
A local priest, father Patrick Mccormick, has been arrested for allegedly trying to pick up a prostitute.
Police announced today that it happened around 11pm on Thursday February 23rd. Mccormick tried to pick up a woman police officer who was posing as a prostitute.
The archdiocese says it learned of the alleged incident friday and released this statement calling it “deeply troubling.”
The statement reads in part, on Friday February 24th, father Mccormick informed the archdiocese that he had been arrested the day before, but that the charge was dui. Father Mccormick has been placed on administrative leave.
Father Mccomick posted bail. We’re told he entered into an accelerated misdemeanor program and has to perform 18 hours of community service and 200 dollars in fines. His next court date is March 28th.
Philly priest charged with soliciting a prostitute
The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — 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.
Priest Charged With Patronizing a Prostitute
NBC 10 Philadlphia
03 March 2012
Police arrested a Northeast Philadelphia priest after he allegedly solicited sex and drugs from a female officer posing as a decoy.
Forty-eight-year-old Patrick McCormick, of the 3000 block of Levick Street, was charged with Patronizing a Prostitute on February 23rd.
The alleged incident happened around 11 p.m. on the 3300 block of Kensington Avenue.
Police say McCormick was arrested after soliciting sex and drugs from a female officer posing as a prostitute. McCormick saw the decoy on the street and offered her $50 to perform a sex act. Police say he also told her to bring a joint, according to investigators.
McCormick is an assistant pastor with St. Timothy Rectory on Levick Street in Northeast Philadelphia.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia, calling the information “deeply troubling” says McCormick notified them on February 24th that he was arrested but that the charge was a DUI.
Church officials said McCormick was placed on administrative leave.