Priest arrested in prostitution sting suspended by church

Published: Jul. 11, 2016 at 6:39 PM CDT
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Roman Catholic officials say a priest charged with solicitation after a prostitution sting in southwest Iowa has been suspended from public ministry.

The Diocese of Des Moines says in a statement the Rev. Dominic Yamoah has discussed his arrest on Saturday in Hamburg with Bishop Richard Pates.

The statement released Monday says Yamoah "very sincerely regrets his actions" and he and the diocese will fully cooperate with authorities.

Yamoah, who is 40, was pastor of churches in Clarinda, Bedford and Villisca. He's bonded out of jail. A phone listed for him rang unanswered Monday and he didn't immediately reply to an email.

The diocese says it will make arrangement for a replacement pastor during the suspension which remains in place pending the outcome of the investigation and legal proceedings.