Pennsylvania Priest Pilfers Church Poor Box To Pay For Gay Sex With Men He Met On Grindr
A Pennsylvania priest stole nearly $100,000 in church donations over a six-year period. Prosecutors say he used the money to pay men he met on Grindr to perform sex acts on him.
Monsignor Joseph McLoone allegedly funneled donations to fund his sleazy habit for at least six years.
McLoone is a priest at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church in Downingtown. Downington is located 30 miles west of Philadelphia.
Investigators revealed he allegedly opened a secret TD Bank checking account in 2011 and deposited $98,405. He then used the funds to pay for his secret lifestyle and to pay off his credit card debts.
The disgraced Pennsylvania priest also allegedly withdrew roughly $46,000 in cash at a branch in Ocean City, New Jersey. McLoone owns a beach house there.
The disgraced priest admitted using the funds for personal relationships with men. He also placed $1,200 in a commissary account of an inmate in a New York correctional facility.
Prosecutors identified the inmate as Brian Miller. Miller was never a Pennsylvania resident. He also had no previous connection to McLoone or the church.
McLoone told investigators that Miller lived in New York City. The disgraced priest met the inmate via Grindr for a sexual relationship prior to his incarceration.
McLoone also allegedly made 17 separate electronic payments totaling $1,720 to men he met on Grindr.
Pennsylvania Priest Doubled His Fee For Weddings And Funerals To Pay For His Secret Lifestyle
The disgraced priest doubled the fee he collected as a stipend for Sunday Mass, weddings, and funerals to help pay for his secret lifestyle.
Prosecutors also allege the disgraced clergyman of using $3,000 to pay off personal credit card debts.
Chief of Staff Charles Gaz of the Chester County DA said in a statement:
Father McLoone held a position of leadership and his parishioners trusted him to properly handle their generous donations to the church. Father McLoone violated the trust of the members of St. Joseph’s for his own personal gain.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia also launched an investigation into McLoone’s suspicious activity in early 2018.
McLoone was later put on administrative leave before he resigned as pastor of the parish.
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