Mass. Priest Nabbed In Prostitution Sting

April 15th, 2010 by

NASHUA, N.H. — Parishioners of a Massachusetts church were in shock after learning one of their priests was arrested in a prostitution sting at a New Hampshire hotel.
Nashua police arrested the Rev. William Ventura Friday on a charge of soliciting prostitution as part of an online sting operation.
Investigators said they used an informant to post an ad offering adult services on Craigslist.
“A hotel was picked within the city, we set up surveillance within to monitor what was going on and when men showed up and actually paid for the services, that’s a violation, a misdemeanor, for prostitution,” Nashua police Capt. Scott Howe said.
Ventura, a 31-year-old parochial vicar at St. John the Evangelist In Chelmsford, Mass., was one of eight men police said responded to the ad, showed up to the hotel and handed over money, allegedly expecting sex in return.
The Boston Archdiocese said Ventura has taken a voluntary leave of absence and is barred from public ministry until his case is resolved.
Ventura also served as chaplain at Thomas More College.
Students familiar with him seemed taken aback by news of his arrest. They were deeply concerned, but did not want to make any statements.
Ventura’s father, William Sr., said his son made a “stupid mistake,” but the family stands behind him “a thousand percent.”

One Response

  1. mike moses

    who cares if it was a adult he was trying to hook up with

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