St. Timothy priest tried to hire hooker, police say

A Catholic priest has been placed on leave from St. Timothy Church in Mayfair after his arrest for allegedly attempting to hire a prostitute last month.

The Rev. Patrick McCormick, 48, was a parochial vicar at St. Timothy and lived at the parish rectory on the 3000 block of Levick St., said Philadelphia police, who arrested him on Feb. 23.

McCormick allegedly drove to the 3300 block of Kensington Ave. at about 11 p.m. that night and offered to pay a woman for sex. The woman was an undercover officer posing as a prostitute as part of a “patronizing prostitution operation,” according to a police department statement.

The police department announced the arrest on Friday.

In a separate prepared statement, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia described the case as “deeply troubling.” McCormick told the archdiocese of his arrest on Feb. 24 but said that he was charged with driving while under the influence.

McCormick spent the night in custody and five days later was offered participation in an accelerated misdemeanor program for non-violent, low-level offenders. He was ordered to perform 18 hours of community service and pay $200 in fines and court fees.

McCormick’s name no longer appears on the list of clergy on the St. Timothy Web site.

The police department did not say if the prostitution sting netted any other would-be “johns.” ••