- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - A Catholic priest has pleaded guilty to trying to lure a 14-year-old girl into his car while she was walking home in Vancouver.

The Columbian reports (https://bit.ly/1T56DNQ ) that Michael Patrick, the former pastor of an Oregon church, entered the plea Friday to attempted luring. Prosecutors are recommending a six-month jail term when he’s sentenced later this month.

An Archdiocese of Portland spokesman says Patrick hasn’t been assigned to a parish since his April 2014 arrest and that they are still investigating the incident.

Court documents say the girl reported that a man had pulled up next to her as she was walking home and told her to get inside his car. She said she told him no multiple times and walked away, but that he continued to follow her.


Information from: The Columbian, https://www.columbian.com



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