MASON, Mich. — A priest from central Michigan has been charged with embezzlement from his church.

The Lansing State Journal ( ) reports that the Rev. Jonathan Wayne Wehrle was arrested Saturday at his Williamston home on the 39th anniversary of his ordination. The 66-year-old was charged Monday with embezzlement of $100,000 or more in Mason District Court.

Wehrle’s attorney, Lawrence Nolan, denies the allegations against the priest.

The Catholic Diocese of Lansing said last week that Wehrle was placed on administrative leave May 9 during an investigation into possible embezzlement at the St. Martha Parish in Okemos.

Detective First Lt. Thomas DeClercq says the investigation is ongoing.

Wehrle is scheduled for a June 1 hearing to determine whether he should go to trial. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Information from: Lansing State Journal,

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