Friday, July 31, 2009

St. Louis priest arrested in FBI sting

The FBI has arrested a Roman Catholic priest from St. Louis, accusing him of offering money to have sex with a teenage girl.

Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Reap said Thursday that 57-year-old James Patrick Grady answered an Internet ad placed by undercover police officers, indicating young girls were available.

Grady was arrested Wednesday after allegedly showing up at a St. Louis County home, believing he would meet a 16-year-old girl for sex.

Two other men also face federal charges as a result of the sting operation.

Grady is pastor of St. Raphael The Archangel in St. Louis city.

A woman answering phones at the church said Grady was unavailable.

Calls to the Archdiocese of St. Louis were not returned.

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