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Catholic priest allegedly stole church money for personal travel
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A Catholic priest was arrested Wednesday for allegedly stealing almost $100,000 in church donations to supplement his personal life, which included traveling and sending money to men he met on gay dating app Grindr.

Father Joseph McLoone, 56, was charged with felony theft and other related crimes after allegedly depositing into a personal account thousands of dollars in donations from parishioners of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, between 2011 and 2018, according to the Chester County district attorney’s office.

The diverted funds were allegedly contained in a bank account named “St. Joseph Activity Account,” which McLoone opened Nov. 2, 2011 — his first All Souls holiday as pastor of the church. “Father McLoone held a position of leadership and his parishioners trusted him to properly handle their generous donations to the church,” Chester County District Attorney Chief of Staff Charles Gaza wrote in a statement. “Father McLoone violated the trust of the members of St. Joseph’s for his own personal gain.”

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