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St. Timothy priest tried to hire hooker, police say

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A Cath­ol­ic priest has been placed on leave from St. Timothy Church in May­fair after his ar­rest for al­legedly at­tempt­ing to hire a pros­ti­tute last month.

The Rev. Patrick Mc­Cormick, 48, was a pa­ro­chi­al vicar at St. Timothy and lived at the par­ish rect­ory on the 3000 block of Levick St., said Phil­adelphia po­lice, who ar­res­ted him on Feb. 23.

Mc­Cormick al­legedly drove to the 3300 block of Kens­ing­ton Ave. at about 11 p.m. that night and offered to pay a wo­man for sex. The wo­man was an un­der­cov­er of­ficer pos­ing as a pros­ti­tute as part of a “pat­ron­iz­ing pros­ti­tu­tion op­er­a­tion,” ac­cord­ing to a po­lice de­part­ment state­ment.

The po­lice de­part­ment an­nounced the ar­rest on Fri­day.

In a sep­ar­ate pre­pared state­ment, the Arch­diocese of Phil­adelphia de­scribed the case as “deeply troub­ling.” Mc­Cormick told the arch­diocese of his ar­rest on Feb. 24 but said that he was charged with driv­ing while un­der the in­flu­ence.

Mc­Cormick spent the night in cus­tody and five days later was offered par­ti­cip­a­tion in an ac­cel­er­ated mis­de­mean­or pro­gram for non-vi­ol­ent, low-level of­fend­ers. He was ordered to per­form 18 hours of com­munity ser­vice and pay $200 in fines and court fees.

Mc­Cormick’s name no longer ap­pears on the list of clergy on the St. Timothy Web site.

The po­lice de­part­ment did not say if the pros­ti­tu­tion sting net­ted any oth­er would-be “johns.” ••

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