In the front seat of the car, police said they found quite the sight.
A man was sitting in the passenger’s seat completely naked, according to a criminal complaint obtained by KDKA. The only thing he was “wearing” was the nylon rope tied around him.
In the back seat of the car was George Gregory, a 61-year-old pastor at a church in West Homestead, Penn., police said. When police walked up to the vehicle, they said they could see Gregory rearranging his clothing, WPXI reports.
The street was in a well-lit, residential neighborhood in Homestead, WPXI reports — which is why a neighbor had called police to report a suspicious vehicle parked outside his 3-year-old daughter’s window on Friday night around 11 p.m. As the man got on the phone with emergency responders, his wife — peering out their window — saw a man emerge from the vehicle entirely nude.
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And when police arrived, they said they found the two men together in the vehicle, according to the TV station.
“We were just playing,” Gregory told police, WPXI reports, adding that “we meet up from time to time.”
The naked man confirmed to police that interaction was consensual, the TV station reports, but both men are now facing charges of lewdness and indecent exposure.
Gregory is the lead pastor at Waterfront Christian Community Church, according to the church’s website, and lives in Munhall, Penn., where he grew up.
Gregory, for one, thinks the charges he is facing are unfair — and he told KDKA as much. He also said the conversation as police described it “never happened.”
“I have nothing to hide. I did nothing wrong,” Gregory told the TV station. “I was counseling a young man with a drug problem. It did turn strange, but it wasn’t my doing, OK?”
Gregory told the TV station that, when police pulled up, they jumped to conclusions.
For one thing, he said, he had his clothes on when police showed up, so “there’s no reason for me to be charged with open lewdness.”
“I won’t deny that he began to take his clothes off and propositioned me,” Gregory added, “but I will deny, on a stack of Bibles with God as my witness, that I did nothing.”
Just days after the Friday incident, Gregory returned to the pulpit Sunday at his church, WPXI reports.
While many videos of Gregory’s sermons at the church have been posted online, that sermon — from Feb. 11 — does not appear to be on the church’s Vimeo page.
The most recent sermon video posted online begins with a verse from Romans 8:5, which reads: “Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.”
That sermon was delivered on Feb. 4, the week before the alleged incident in the car, according to the church’s Vimeo page.
“Sin’s pleasurable — that’s why it’s so tempting,” the preacher says in video of the Feb. 4 sermon. “Of course my fallen nature wants that sin. But am I going to live according to the flesh, or am I going to live according to the spirit? I only have the two choices, folks — I can’t be bouncing back and forth between the two of them because it doesn’t work long term.”