Catholic Monsignor Arthur Coyle, 62, a high ranking Massachusetts Roman Catholic official was arrested Sunday on charges of solicitation. Monsignor Coyle allegedly admitted that he offered a prostitute money in exchange for oral sex.
According to the police report, the monsignor was seen driving with a known prostitute. The police officer observed the car go to the Polish Cemetery in Lowell. After waiting a few minutes police approached the car and they had to remove the monsignor and the prostitute.
Monsignor Coyle was arraigned in the Lowell District Court today and was released on a $500 cash bail. He must appear back at the court on September 16, for a pretrial conference. He has since taken a leave of absence from his duties as a monsignor. Coyle has been a high ranking church official in Massachusetts since his appointment in 2008.
According to the police report the prostitute had been arrested numerous times by the Lowell police and the monsignor had been previously questioned about being in an area known for prostitution.
The charges for solicitation or sexual conduct for a fee are serious taken very serious in court. I can also imagine the church will impose sanctions on the monsignor.
Patrick Donovan is a former assistant district attorney in Massachusetts. Attorney Donovan is a Massachusetts criminal defense attorney with an office in Quincy. Attorney Donovan represents people charged with both felony and misdemeanor crimes including sex crimes.