Church: Pastor charged in prostitution sting placed on leave

YORK, Pa. (AP) – A Presbyterian church in central Pennsylvania says its pastor has been placed on administrative leave after he was charged with prostitution-related offenses in Maryland.

City Church York said on its website that it is “shocked and saddened” by the allegations against the Rev. Suler Acosta.

The Frederick County sheriff’s office said Thursday that 42-year-old Acosta had been charged with three offenses, including knowingly soliciting prostitution.

Officials allege that he was among a number of men who responded to an online advertisement by going to meet a female deputy posing as a prostitute.

City Church said Acosta will remain on leave from his pastoral duties while the legal process continues. Officials are asking people to pray for him, his wife, and his family as well as the church.

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