It's unfair and downright inaccurate to say that all priests do is touch kids... they also do other terrible, weird and horribly unlawful things too. So, from masturbating in front of police to stalking late night show host Conan O'Brien, here are the top eight weirdest, most shocking, and downright WTF actions of priests in recent times.For the past several years now, the news has been blowing up with stories of priests molesting young boys, putting priesthood and Catholicism in the limelight to be examined and scrutinized. It's always those few sour apples that ruin it for the rest of the barrel, amirite guys?
- Photo: Metaweb / CC-BY1
Priest Fakes Illness, Steals $1.3 Million
Imagine you hate your job. Like really, really hate your job. And that you kind of look like Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino. You most likely would have the incentive to start a new career, or go back to school, or maybe volunteer.
For the honorable Rev. Kevin Gray of Waterbury, Connecticut, priesthood wasn't exactly the most fulfilling of positions. So instead of parting ways with his parish and seek better pastures, he steals 1.3 million dollars over a period of seven years from the congregation.
And what did he spend it on? Male escorts in New York City, baby!
He was also spending around 50,000 dollars on things like Louis Vuitton goods and gym fees. He paid for the community college tuition of one of his male "payees," and he paid for piano lessons and veterinarian bills for another man he met in Central Park.
"He's certainly an example of someone who was leading a double life," the police said after he was investigated and arrested. Indeed.The worst part? He told his congregation he was suffering from cancer to gain medical leave and spend all that money.
- Photo: flickr / CC02
Caught Groping in the Woods
When you gotta go, you gotta go.
A 21-year-old male needing to relieve himself did just that by finding a secluded spot in the woods behind a Park 'N' Ride off a popular State Route.
The event plays out like a scenario from a horror film.
Alone in the woods and suspect to such dangers as serial killers, hypodermic needles, or bear attacks, the man was attacked by... a priest *scary music*. While the man was urinating, the priest saw his opportunity and pounced, touching him "inappropriately."
Emile R. Boutin, Jr. had allegedly followed the young man into the woods after tailgating his car a-la Jeepers Creepers. When the incident happened, the young man dashed off to his car, wrote the license plate number of the car next to his, and busted the hell out of there.
You can almost imagine what the young man must have been thinking and how he was most likely screaming his head off. It's unknown if Boutin tried to chase him back to his car, hands outstretched and all, but in the end, he was subsequently arrested for indecent assault and battery.
Amazingly, the local church still has a site up where you can get intimate (not that way) with Boutin's biography. Weird.Click here for the video report, the greatest interview happens at about 1:15 .
- Photo: Metaweb / CC-BY3
Likes to Jog Naked
Like many people, Rev. Robert Whipkey likes to go jogging. And like most people, he sweats profusely. But instead of investing in a few sweatbands or a pair of boxers, Whipkey sheds the clothes and runs naked before dawn at the local high school track – by far the best place to jog naked if you don't want to get caught.
"I'm a heavy man, and wearing clothing while running makes me sweat profusely," = his excuse.
Although to be fair, he did run with the piece of cloth he used to cover himself up when a police officer saw him and shined his flashlight upon him. Whipkey hasn’t been caught whipping it out since. Maybe he's changed his hours.Click here for full news story.
- Photo: flickr / CC04
Masturbating In Front of Undercover Cops
He had just retired from being a priest for 27 years when Chester King gave the signal for a man to approach him in San Antonio's Olmos Park.
King launched a conversation with the man that quickly veered into sexual in nature and at some point, into sexual exposure: King had began to masterbate in front of the man. He was subsequently arrested on site. As it turns out, that man was an undercover officer.
After his retirement, King had spent his time as a substitute for several of clergymen who went on vacation. He told the officer that he was a priest and occasionally visited the park before church during his retirement. And just like that, he proceeded to pleasure himself.
It’s unknown if he was doing it because he was really, really bored in retirement.Follow this link for the full story.