A man arrested in Lauderdale County for computer luring of a minor allegedly made false claims that he is a Catholic priest. 40-year-old Christopher Shelton was arrested Thursday.
Father Frank Cosgrove of Meridian's Catholic community said the claim especially concerned him.
Cosgrove wanted to stress that Shelton has no connection at all with St. Patrick or St. Joseph Catholic churches.
"We need to pray for the victim and the perpetrator in a case like this. It's a terrible tragedy when something like this happens," said Cosgrove. "After that, I want to say that the alleged perpetrator, Mr. Shelton, is not a Catholic clergyman and never has been. In fact, he's not even a Catholic."
Father Cosgrove also said Shelton has not performed funerals at either of Meridian's Catholic churches.