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Catholic Monsignor Found With a Prostitute Behind a Cemetery

Monsignor Arthur Coyle pled not guilty over the weekend on charges of paying for sexual conduct.

A Catholic official from Boston pled not guilty today on charges of paying for sexual conduct. The official, the 62-year-old Monsignor Arthur Coyle, is from the Archdiocese of Boston. He was arrested after the police allegedly found him Sunday with a prostitute behind a cemetery, the Boston Globe reports.

As a result of the incident, Coyle has taken a voluntary leave of absence from being an high-ranking episcopal vicar at the Archdiocese.

The 62-year-old was arrested Sunday after he offered a prostitute money for sex, Lowell Police Captain Kelly Richardson said. Coyle allegedly paid $40 to a prostitute for oral sex. The police found his car and saw him with a “known” prostitute, the Boston Globe reports. Officers approached his vehicle while the car was parked behind a cemetery.

This particular incident isn’t the first time Coyle appeared on the police’s radar. The Globe reports that the Monsignor is known to frequent neighborhoods where prostitution takes place. In November, he was stopped by police, who then asked him what he was doing in a neighborhood known to be frequented by prostitutes. Coyle “denied doing so” and then went home, according to a police report.

As Gawker notes, in December, Coyle was named a “Prelate of Honor, the second of three monsignor ranks within the Catholic Church.”


Alex Kane is former World editor at AlterNet. His work has appeared in Mondoweiss, Salon, VICE, the Los Angeles Review of Books and more. Follow him on Twitter @alexbkane.

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