Prosecutor: Downingtown priest spent stolen $98K on beach house, Grindr dates

Jim Melwert
August 21, 2019 - 3:22 pm
Joseph McLoone

Chester County District Attorney's Office


DOWNINGTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A priest in Chester County is charged with stealing from his Downingtown parish. 

Prosecutors say 56-year-old Joseph McLoone stole $98,405 from St. Joseph Parish, nearly $40,000 of which came from the All Souls collection — money donated by parishioners in memory of loved ones who’d died.

"That was given by the parishioners to the church either through the All Souls collection through payments made for weddings, funerals, that kind of stuff," added prosecutor Charles Gaza. "He was taking that money and diverting it into a private account that he had set up."

McLoone is accused of withdrawing more than $45,000 from that activity account. According to court documents, investigators say the money was spent on food and travel — including his Ocean City beach house — and to pay credit cards. 

The documents also say McLoone sent about $3,000 from that private account directly to men he’d met on Grindr and had sexual relationships with.

McLoone took over as pastor at St. Joseph in 2011 for Monsignor William Lynn, after Lynn was indicted for protecting predator priests. He was removed last spring when the investigation began.