A prominent Massachusetts pastor was arrested in a prostitution sting recently and charged with one count of soliciting a prostitute.
"I ask for God's forgiveness," A. Livingston Foxworth, the senior pastor at Grace Church of All Nations, said Sunday. "I beg for your forgiveness."
Foxworth gained fame when he blessed Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker in 2014.
"Governor Baker is saddened by this news and is confident the courts will examine the facts and reach an appropriate decision," says Gov. Baker's communications director Lizzy Guyton. "The Baker-Polito Administration has made combating human trafficking a priority by working across state government to enact anti-trafficking policies and proposing legislation to give law enforcement more tools to crack down on trafficking related crimes."
Police arrested Foxworth as one of nearly a dozen would-be johns last week as part of a sting for backpage.com, which is commonly associated with human trafficking.
An undercover detective posed as a woman selling herself for $130-$200, the Boston Globe reports.
"Grace Church of All Nations stands with Archbishop A. L. Foxworth and family and remain prayerful," according to a statement. "As we work to strengthen and support our internal leadership, we ask our local community and friends to continue to lift us up in prayer."