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Priest calls police after getting stuck in handcuffs

By Mason White 5:52 PM February 20, 2013
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By: Sarah Weiss
(Scroll down for video) A priest had no choice but to make an extremely embarrassing call for help, according to a police recording released to the public.

A Catholic priest from Illinois had reportedly taken a leave of absence after he called police in order to get help getting out of a pair of handcuffs.

“I need help getting out of handcuffs before it becomes a medical emergency,” the Reverend Tom Donovan, of the St. Aloysius church said during the call. The audio recording, was released to the press recently.

During the call, Donovan, who was in the rectory of the church at the time, told the operator that he had been playing with the handcuffs and was having trouble getting them off. According to a newspaper report, Illinois police also found a mask on the priest.

Late last year, Donovan, had been granted a leave of absence to attend to personal matters. Donovan, who had been the pastor of St. Aloysius church since July 2010, said he had requested permission to leave from Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, some time ago.

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