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Priest guilty of attempted luring of a minor sentenced to work release

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Michael Patrick during previous court appearance (KPTV file image) Michael Patrick during previous court appearance (KPTV file image)
VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

A priest who pleaded guilty to attempted luring of a minor was sentenced in court Monday, but he will not serve any additional jail time.

Michael Patrick, 60, pleaded guilty on May 10.

Patrick was arrested in Los Angeles in April 2014 after returning from a trip to Australia. Police said the attempted luring happened in Vancouver in March 2014.

Court documents state Patrick followed a teenage girl for several blocks and tried to get her into his car.

The girl said no, but Patrick continued following her, saying things like, "come on, cutie," according to court documents.

The girl ran up to a house and took down the car's license plate before Patrick drove away. Police used that information to help identity Patrick as the suspect.

Police said Patrick owned a home in Vancouver and lived in a church-owned house next to St. Wenceslaus Parish in Scappoose.

Patrick was sentenced to one year in jail Monday, however he was given credit for 23 days already served and 244 days were suspended. Patrick will serve the remaining time in a work release program.  

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