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Utah priest busted in prostitution sting could receive ‘new pastoral assignment’

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – A Utah Catholic priest arrested for soliciting a prostitute back in September may be reassigned, according to a letter sent to his parishioners from the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City.

Father Andrzej Pawel Skrzypiec, 63, was arrested in September after Salt Lake City Police said he agreed to pay $30 to an undercover police officer for a sex act. The arrest occurred during an undercover prostitution sting at 200 N. 900 W. 

According to court documents, Skrzypiec pleaded no contest to the charge in November, and the case was dismissed after he underwent a health test.

Still, Skrzypiec is on administrative leave as he awaits a “new pastoral assignment,” according to a letter sent to St. Ambrose Catholic Church parishioners, where Skrzypiec practiced. 

Bishop Oscar Solis of the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City sent the letter to parishioners over the weekend, indicating some members of the parish were supportive of the Reverend, others not so much. 

“These communications express the fact that there is serious division within the parish,” Solis wrote. “However, continued gossip and divisive conversations at the parish are detrimental to both Fr. Andrzej and the parish. While the support for Fr. Andrzej is appreciated, a fresh start may be in his best interest,” Solis continued. 

Solis indicated more time off from the parish could be beneficial for Skrzypiec, as well as a new assignment in the future. It was unclear Tuesday what that new assignment would be or where. 

In the meantime, a new pastor has been assigned to St. Ambrose Catholic Church. Read Bishop Solis’s full letter here

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