ROCKLEDGE, Fla. – A priest in Brevard County was arrested on felony fraud and larceny charges Friday.
Nicholas King, 73, was a former pastor for St. Mary's Catholic Church in Rockledge, according to the Diocese of Orlando.
King was arrested by Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Friday. He was charged with felony larceny under false pretenses more than $50,000 from a person 65 years of age or older and felony scheme to defraud under false pretenses more than $50,000.
The Diocese sent News 6 a statement on Saturday:
“We have been informed that Father Nicholas King, former pastor of St. Mary, Rockledge, is the subject of an investigation by the Rockledge Police Department. He is removed from ministry while the investigation is ongoing. The Diocese is cooperating with the investigation. We are saddened by the news of his arrest and ask that people of good will pray for Father King during this difficult time and for all those involved in this investigation. May the gracious care of the Lord our God be ours,” said chief operating officer/chancellor, Carol Brinati.
King was ordained for the Diocese of St. Augustine in 1966.
King was released on Saturday on $87,000 bond.