A Catholic priest appeared Friday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of trying to lure a 14-year-old girl into his car as she was walking home from school through Vancouver’s Image neighborhood.
Michael T. Patrick, 57, of Vancouver was arrested April 2 on a warrant at Los Angeles International Airport when he re-entered the United States after a trip to Australia. He was then extradited to Clark County.
Judge Robert Lewis released Patrick on Friday and ordered him to check into the Clark County Jail’s supervised release program.
Patrick is scheduled to be arraigned May 6 on one charge of felony luring.
He is the pastor of the St. Wenceslaus Parish in Scappoose, Oregon, but keeps a residence in Vancouver. His home is in the Image neighborhood, according to Clark County property records. He has no criminal history.
He appeared Friday with Vancouver attorney Tom Phelan, who said he was making a courtesy appearance. Patrick will need to retain an attorney because he doesn’t qualify for court-appointed counsel.