Anti-Gay Pastor Busted for Public Masturbation

New Orleans preacher arrested near playground
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 1, 2011 4:48 AM CST
Grant Storms' booking photo.   (Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office)

(Newser) – A bullhorn-toting New Orleans pastor known for disrupting the city's annual gay festival by loudly denouncing "sinful behavior" has been arrested and charged with masturbating in a public park. Christian fundamentalist Grant Storms was taken into custody after two women complained that he was masturbating in his van while staring at children in a playground, the Times-Picayune reports. Storms initially claimed he was merely urinating into a bottle but later admitted to masturbating, according to WWLTV.

New Orleans adopted ordinances banning the use of megaphones in the French Quarter after Storms and his followers repeatedly attempted to shut down the Southern Decadence festival. "He's done everything through the years to disturb that and try to make it into something nasty that it's not," a festival organizer says. "If the Rev. Storms is caught doing that in our city, it is ludicrous and heinous that he would have the nerve to complain about any kind of sexuality."

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