Boca Raton - For five years, the Rev. Michael Penland told police, he was "participating in homosexual activity" and keeping it secret from his wife, his son and two Episcopal parishes.
Even after he was arrested in a North Carolina sex sting in a public park restroom June 28, he returned to Boca Raton and continued to work at St. Gregory's Episcopal Church, 100 NE Mizner Blvd.
Church officials learned of the incident only when contacted Wednesday by an Asheville, N.C., newspaper.
Waynesville, N.C., police issued Penland a citation during the sting, dubbed Operation Summer Heat. Waynesville is 30 miles west of Asheville.
Penland allegedly solicited a police officer in a public park, asking him to go to the undercover officer's home for sex, police said. Penland allegedly followed the officer in his car and was pulled over as he left the park.
"Mr. Penland was extrem
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