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Mich. Priest Arrested in Online Sex Sting

A Roman Catholic priest was arrested in an Internet sex sting after allegedly arranging to meet someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl.
/ Source: The Associated Press

A Roman Catholic priest was arrested in an Internet sex sting after allegedly arranging to meet someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl.

The Rev. Shamaun Beas, 35, was charged with offenses including sexually abusive activity involving a child and using a computer to commit a crime. The charges carry up to 20 years in prison. He was jailed on $5 million bail.

Beas was arrested Monday after driving by a home in a Detroit suburb that was set up as a meeting point, authorities said. Investigators said Beas made the 110-mile drive after contacting an investigator posing as a teenage girl in an Internet chat room.

Beas was ordained in Pakistan in 1994 and was serving as an associate pastor at a church in Portland, Mich., authorities said.

The Grand Rapids Diocese said Beas was suspended Tuesday.