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EUGENE, Ore. – A Eugene priest was sentenced to three years of probation and 90 days in jail Thursday for hiring a teenage girl for sex, according to the Lane County District Attorney’s Office.

Erik Hasselman, chief deputy district attorney, said Daniel MacKay was sentenced to 30 days in jail for each of his three counts of prostitution behavior, totaling 90 days.

MacKay was found guilty on three counts of prostitution March 4.

MacKay must also participate in a program in Multnomah County to address his prostitution behavior.

Police initially arrested MacKay on October 12, 2016 when officers conducted a sting operation posing as a juvenile.

“Police conducted a sting operation and exchanged information with MacKay, posing as the minor and arranged to meet him on October 12,” police said.

When police met MacKay, they arrested him on charges of purchasing sex with a minor, sexual misconduct, patronizing a prostitute, endangering the welfare of a minor, unlawful possession of cocaine and using a minor in a controlled substance offence.

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MacKay is a part-time English instructor at Lane Community College. He has served as a member of the clergy of St. John the Wonderworker Orthodox Church in Eugene.

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