SCAPPOOSE, Ore. – A Catholic priest from Scappoose was arrested in Los Angeles on April 8 for attempting to lure a teenage girl into his vehicle.
The Catholic Sentinel reports Father Michael Patrick of St. Wenceslaus Parish was taken into custody after he walked off a plane at LAX that had just flown in from Australia.
He is accused of driving beside a teen and repeatedly asking her to get in the vehicle, despite her protests in March. She ran away and called for help.
Vancouver police had a warrant out for Patrick’s arrest when he was picked up in L.A., according to spokeswoman Kim Kapp.
The Sentinel reports Patrick was charged with luring and taken to a Los Angeles jail.