Ogden Priest Arrested in Internet Sting

Ogden Priest Arrested in Internet Sting

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(Ogden-AP) -- The Reverend Mario Arbelaez Olarte says he's embarrassed for himself and the church after being arrested for allegedly trying to entice an officer posing on the Internet as a "15-year-old boy" to meet him at an Ogden street corner.

Olarte, of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, was arrested Wednesday night and released from jail on his own recognizance. He is to meet with church superiors today, and his first court appearance on the Class A misdemeanor is set for Monday.

Olarte said in an interview with the Standard-Examiner that he had gone to the Web site Gay-dot-com to research a lesson on the bad things about the Internet. He was quoted in a copyright story.

Janice VanOrden of the Northern Utah Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force said the cyber conversation between her, posing as a 15-year-old boy, and Olarte quickly turned to sex.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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