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Priest charged with indecent exposure

| Monday, May 14, 2012, 9:46 a.m.

A Roman Catholic priest from New Kensington has been charged with indecent exposure and open lewdness following an incident in an adult book store in Pittsburgh, city police said Wednesday.

The Rev. George Swast, 47, a priest at St. Joseph's church on Leishman Avenue, was arrested Aug. 16 by undercover police officers inside the store located on Smithfield Street in downtown Pittsburgh.

Detectives were conducting the investigation into reports of men masturbating in open video booths inside the store, police said.

A city police report states that after officers watched Swast masturbating in plain view, they identified themselves as detectives and arrested him.

A city court hearing was scheduled yesterday. The results of that hearing were not available last night.

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