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A 61-year-old pastor, George Nelson Gregory, from Western Pennsylvania has publicly criticised the police after he has been charged with open lewdness and indecent exposure. The charges come after the police found the man parked on a public road with a naked man tied up and bound with nylon rope on the backseat of the pastor’s car.
The pastor has since contacted a local radio show to complain about the police and to put forth a public defence of his behaviour. The defence?
He was counselling the man.
The pastor is adamant that the man was on drugs and had approached him desperately seeking advice from God. The man began to strip naked during this time and behaved erratically and violently. Afterwards the situation “turned strange” but Gregory is insistent he did nothing wrong.
Meanwhile police point out that the record of events at the time describe Gregory as telling police officers that the man was tied up consensually and that the two “were just playing” and that they often “meet up from time to time to play with each other”. Speaking on the radio Gregory had this to say,
“That conversation never happened. I have nothing to hide. I did nothing wrong.”
In the interview he elaborates on his experience, explaining,
“It did turn strange, but it wasn't my doing, okay? And I was adamant that I'm not participating in that way. And so that's when the police pulled up, and they assume things, but I'm standing by my story. It's not true.
“I won't deny that he began to take his clothes off and propositioned me, but I will deny, on a stack of Bibles with God as my witness, that I did nothing.”
He also points out that because he was clothed, “there's no reason for me to be charged with open lewdness.”
The police haven’t responded but instead are just willing to let the courts deal with issues of what is and isn’t true. As for the rest of us? I think we can all look at Gregory’s story and honestly say…
“C’mon man… Just, c’mon.”
This is the weakest excuse I’ve ever heard. He could honestly have just said, “I like a bit of bum play” and it wouldn’t have been a news story. But the fact he went out and publicly drew attention to himself so he could then point out his terrible excuse just makes the story even funnier.