But Pennsylvanian pastor George Nelson Gregory, 61, above, insists that what was going on the vehicle last Friday was merely a counseling session that turned a little weird.
According to this report, Gregory, who serves as a preacher at the Waterfront Christian Community Church in West Homestead, says he will swear “on a stack of Bibles” that he had done nothing wrong.
Police discovered the unidentified naked man, bound with nylon rope, in a parked car on a residential street. He was sitting in the front seat while Gregory was in the back.
A witness told police the naked man got out of the car in full view of his daughter’s window.
Gregory told the officers that he and the man were “just playing” in a consensual setting, adding that they:
Meet up from time to time to play with each other.
And despite being inside a car on a well-lit public street, Gregory believed they were in a private setting, cops said.
Gregory insisted in a TV interview that he had:
Nothing to hide. I did nothing wrong.
He added that he and the man were approached by police because the officer thought somebody in the car was unconscious.
I was counseling a young man with a drug problem. It did turn strange, but it wasn’t my doing, OK? And I was adamant that I’m participating in that way. And so that’s when the police pulled up, and they assume things, but I’m standing by my story.
Gregory said he and his wife have been trying to help the man for years.
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.
Gregory and the unidentified man will receive a summons for open lewdness and indecent exposure, accusations the pastor disputes, since it wasn’t he who was naked at the time, he said.
There’s no reason for me to be charged with open lewdness.
The Waterfront Christian Community Church’s website has this to say about the preacher and teacher, who began his “journey with Christ” in his early 20s:
If you have ever heard him preach or teach, you will agree that he is definitely using the gifts God gave him. George has a way of presenting messages from God’s word, the Bible, in such a way that you walk away saying, ‘now it makes sense.’ He speaks with clarity and conviction. There is no doubt that George believes and lives what he preaches.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn