Priest's trial for luring set for February
November 12, 2014
A priest charged with trying to lure a 14-year-old girl into his car will face trial Feb. 9.
Father Michael Patrick was pastor of St. Wenceslaus Parish in Scappoose when the alleged incident took place this March in Vancouver, Wash., where he kept a residence.
The priest faces a felony count of luring. He was arrested this spring in Los Angeles after a vacation trip to Australia.
The girl provided police with Father Patrick's license plate number and a description of him and his car. In an affidavit, the priest denied interacting with the girl.
The priest is no longer in custody. At an early October court date, his attorney as that the trial be moved to February.
He is on paid administrative leave until the outcome of the trial is final and is not allowed to engage in public ministry as a priest.
The archdiocese says it is not giving the priest financial assistance for legal fees.