Pastor: I Was Just “Counseling” The Naked Man Tied Up In My Car

“It did turn strange, but it wasn’t my doing," says George Gregory.

A Pennsylvania preacher claims he wasn’t up to anything sinful with the naked man police found tied up next to him in a parked car.

A neighbor called police Friday night claiming to have seen a man with no clothes on get out of a car in Homestead, a town about ten miles outside of Pittsburgh. When authorities arrived, they found 61-year-old George Nelson Gregory sitting in the back seat, and a completely nude man bound with nylon rope sitting up front.

“I have nothing to hide, I did nothing wrong,” Gregory told KDKA-TV after his arrest for lewdness and indecent exposure.

Gregory claimed he’d ministered to the man for several years, and both he and his wife had tried to get him help.

“I was counseling a young man with a drug problem,” Gregory, a pastor in Munhill, insisted. “It did turn strange, but it wasn’t my doing… And I was adamant that I’m not participating in that way. That’s when the police pulled up, and they assumed things, but I’m standing by my story.”

Gregory admits the man took his clothes off and propositioned him, “but I will deny, on a stack of Bibles with God as my witness, that I did nothing.”

Double negatives aside, Gregory didn’t explain how his unnamed passenger managed to tie himself up.

And the actual criminal report tells a different story: According to the arresting officers, Gregory told them he and the other man “meet up from time to time to play with each other.”

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