Priest Arrested In Undercover Sex Trafficking Sting

An area priest is one of three caught in an undercover sex trafficking sting.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says James Patrick Grady was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly responded to an email advertising young girls.

United States Attorney Michael W. Reap says in one of the emails, Grady asked about the cost of a 16 year old girl depicted in an earlier digitally morphed photograph.

Grady’s report indicated that he wanted a half hour and investigators say when he showed up at the agreed upon location, he met an undercover officer and asks to see the girls.

Authorities say he became suspicious and tried to leave but was arrested.

Grady admitted to sending the emails and told officers that he was a priest.

57 year old Grady has been charged with attempted sex trafficking of children by force, fraud or coercion

The Archdiocese will hold a news conference at 4, although the topic of that news conference has not been confirmed.

43 year old Matthew S. Nichol of St Charles County was indicted July 16th on two felony counts of attempted sex trafficking of children.

24 year old David P. Hawkey, of Florissant, was charged earlier this week with the same charge.  If convicted, the men face ten years to life in prison.