No More Charges for Monsignor
The Express-Times [Pennsylvania]
September 14, 2006
State police in western Pennsylvania said they have no plans to file additional charges against a Lehigh Valley priest for allegedly asking four people for sexual favors.
Monsignor Stephen T. Forish, 61, is charged with harassment and disorderly conduct after the Aug. 6 incidents in Greensburg, Pa. Police said that because Forish did not offer money, he will not be charged with promoting prostitution or other sex-related crimes.
"Anything he is alleged to have done didn't rise to the level of prostitution," state police Cpl. Gregory Sullenberger said Wednesday.
The Diocese of Allentown priest was acquitted in 1998 on charges he offered a 23-year-old man in Bethlehem money in exchange for sex. Solicitation charges were included in that case.
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