A Munhall, Pennsylvania, pastor who was allegedly found in his car with a bound naked man said he was counseling the man as he battles a drug addiction.
Police responded Friday night to a suspicious car outside of a Homestead home. There, officers reportedly found pastor George Nelson Gregory, 61, sitting in the back seat and a naked man bound with nylon rope in the front seat.
A complaint obtained by KDKA stated that Gregory told officers that they “we’re just playing” and that he and the man meet up occasionally to “play with each other.” The naked man allegedly told officers that what they were doing was consensual.
Gregory recently gave his side of the story to KDKA, telling the news station that the man did take his clothes off and proposition him. However, he went on to claim that the conversation police said transpired never happened and that he was helping the man through his drug issues. He explained that the man’s wife and himself have been working to get him help for several years.
“I was counseling a young man with a drug problem,” the pastor said. “It did turn strange, but it wasn’t my doing, OK? 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.”
Though police wrote that they were responding to a suspicious car parked outside a home, Gregory said he believed police received a call about someone passing out in the vehicle. The man who placed the call told officers that he witnessed a man get out of the car without any clothes, according to KDKA.
“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 said, adding that he had his clothes on during Friday’s ordeal.
The pastor and unnamed man were charged with lewdness and indecent exposure. They are expected to receive a summons in the mail.
[Featured Image:George Nelson Gregory/Screenshot]