An Ohio pastor caught for the second time in a prostitution sting arrived at a local motel with condoms and the exact amount of cash a woman posing as a teenager requested.
Pastor Ron Fails of Grace Church World Wide Ministries was charged this week with soliciting, a misdemeanor for a June 18 incident. Fails was taken into custody at a local motel the FBI Violent Crime Against Children Task Force used for the sting, said Sgt. Dave Gillispie of the Lima Police Department and a member of the task force.
The arrest marked the second time Fails has faced the charge. He pleaded no contest to soliciting following his arrest three years ago in a sting. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail. Fails later had the crime expunged from his record.
In the most recent arrest, Fails logged onto a Website known for escort services and prostitution. He responded to an officer who was posing as a 19-year-old girl and made numerous contacts with that person including on the phone, Gillispie said.