A Catholic priest from St. Rita's Church in Lowell, Massachusetts pleaded not guilty today (August 6, 2013) on charges of paying for sexual conduct. The priest, Monsignor Arthur Coyle, 62, is from the Archdiocese of Boston. He was arrested after police allegedly found him on August 4 with a prostitute behind a cemetery, the Alter Net website reports.
As a result of the incident, Coyle has taken a leave of absence from being a high-ranking vicar at the Archdiocese.
He was arrested after he offered a prostitute money for sex, Lowell Police Captain Kelly Richardson said. Coyle allegedly paid $40 to the prostitute for oral sex.
Last December, Coyle was named a Prelate of Honor, the second of three monsignor ranks within the Catholic Church.