Monsignor Arthur Coyle, of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, reportedly solicited a "known prostitute" behind a cemetery in Lowell, Massachusetts.
Coyle, 62, was arrested on Sunday, said Lowell Police Captain Kelly Richardson.
Monsignor Coyle, 62, paid a $500 bail after pleading not guilty today. Doyle is scheduled to return to court on Sept. 16.
According to a police report, Coyle told the cops that he paid a woman $40 for oral sex, however, the sexual act had not been completed.
Police saw Coyle driving a black Chevy Equinox and noticed Siriwan Kongkaen, a local prostitute, in the passenger seat, said the police report.
After the SUV parked behind the Polish Cemetery, police officers waited five minutes, before approaching and separating Coyle and Kongkaen, noted Boston.com.
Coyle had been spotted a dozen times in the past driving around an area known for prostitution.
Coyle was charged with paying a fee for sexual conduct.
Kongkaen has reportedly been arrested multiple times in the past for prostitution.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston said in a statement that Coyle had voluntarily taken a leave of absence as the episcopal vicar for the Merrimack Region.
"While on administrative leave, Msgr. Coyle is prohibited from performing any public ministry," said the statement.
"These restrictions will remain in place pending the outcome of the case. The steps taken today do not represent a determination of Msgr. Coyle’s guilt or innocence as it pertains to these charges... The Archdiocese asks for prayers for all impacted by this matter."