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Oregon priest arrested following luring incident

Catholic World News - April 16, 2014

A priest who has served in the Archdiocese of Portland since 1998 has been arrested on charges of attempting to lure a 14-year-old girl into his car in Vancouver, where he maintains a second residence. KGW-TV reportedly that the girl repeatedly refused a man’s invitations to ride with her, was able to note down the car’s license plate number, and later identified the man as Father Michael Patrick. After initial questioning by police, Father Patrick, who was ordained in Sri Lanka in 1983, took a trip to Australia. He was arrested upon flying into Los Angeles International Airport on April 8.

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  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Apr. 17, 2014 3:14 AM ET USA

    I am always suspicious of priests who maintain more than one residence.

  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Apr. 17, 2014 2:35 AM ET USA

    What does the fact that he went to Australia have to do with anything? He came back did he not? He had served in the area for around 16 years without incident. I do not think that this rings true.

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