The notoriously anti-gay fundamentalist New Orleans pastor who railed against Southern Decadence ... has been arrested by police for masturbating in public.
Detectives arrested Rev. Grant Storms "masturbating in his van, which was parked near the carousel and playground" and in full view of children, reports the Times-Picayune.
The first woman told deputies she was taking her children to the playground and parked next to the van. ... The occupant was "looking at the playground area that contained children playing, with his zipper down...," the report said. The woman noted that he was masturbating and quickly ushered her children out of her car.
She told a second woman, who walked to the van and also spotted the man masturbating, the report said. The second witness told deputies that the driver saw her and tried to conceal the zipper area of his pants with his hand. The two women flagged down a park employee who notified the Sheriff's Office. The employee detained the man, later identified as Storms, until deputies arrived.
The defense: "Storms told deputies he was having lunch at the park when he decided to urinate using a bottle instead of the restroom, the report said."
The pervy pastor has obsessively focused on alleged "indecency" of Southern Decadence, adds the Times-Picayune.
He is especially known for arming followers with bullhorns, Bibles and picket signs to protest Southern Decadence, the three-day gay festival held in the French Quarter during Labor Day weekend. Storms grabbed national attention in 2003 with his failed attempts to shut down what Southern Decadence organizer Chuck Robinson called a peaceful festival that celebrates gay and alternative lifestyles.
Storms was booked on obscenity charges. The pastor was released on $5000 bond and faces up to six months behind bars.
And this final note: "Relatives who spoke with WDSU Monday evening said Storms had been on a downward spiral of late.'My feelings would be... yes, I saw it coming,' said Kim Lafferty, Storms' sister-in-law."