Anti-gay pastor arrested for sexual battery in assault on young man

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Gaylard Williams

Gaylard Williams, 59, pastor of Praise Cathedral Church of God in Seymour, Ind. known for his anti-gay sermons, was arrested recently and charged with sexual battery for allegedly groping a young man in park there.

The victim, 27, told police he was sitting in his vehicle near Cypress Lake on Friday, Dec. 12 when Williams approached his car. The younger man told police he rolled down his window to see what Williams wanted, and Williams reached in the windown, grabbed his genitals and squeezed, while at the same time asking the young man to perform oral sex on him, according to WLKY.com.

According to reports by The Daily Beast, Williams kept trying to convince the young man to give him a blow job, even though the young man told him repeatedly that he “didn’t swing that way.” Williams suggested that the lake was a known cruise area and that he had come there before to find men for sex, and that the younger man wouldn’t be parked there if he weren’t looking for sex.

The younger man told police he finally got Williams to leave by telling him he had a gun and pretending to reach for a weapon. When Williams got in his car to leave, the younger man followed him long enough to write down his license plate number and report him to police.

WLKY reports that when police caught Williams, they found gay pornography in his car. He allegedly told police the videotape was “a promotional thing” that came in the mail to his office, and that he was just delivering it to a friend.

Williams was released on his own recognizance and is expected back before a judge on Feb. 9.

Williams has told his congregation that anyone who engages in same-sex sex is a wicked person and going to hell. And his church’s website includes a statement of “moral purity” calling on church members to “engage in those activities which glorify God in our body and which avoid the fulfillment of the lust of the flesh. We will read, watch and listen to those things which are of positive benefit to our spiritual well-being.”

—  Tammye Nash

WATCH: ‘The butt drag’ — legal wrestling move or form of bullying and sexual battery?

Preston Hill, 17, is charged with sexual battery.

A 17-year-old high school wrestler in Clovis, Calif., is charged with sexual battery for executing what experts say is a legal and common maneuver — “the butt drag” — in which you grab the opponent’s butt cheek and insert fingers into the anus to get leverage. The “butt drag” is also known as “checking the oil,” and you can watch some examples in the video below.

As a one-time wrestler in middle school, I can tell you that I never heard of this move, but who knows, maybe it’s something they don’t teach until high school.

Anyhow, 17-year-old Preston Hill’s parents are outraged that their son, a star wrestler who’d been named captain of his team, was expelled from school and charged with a sex crime for executing a move they say his coaches taught him. However, the parents of the unidentified 14-year-old alleged victim claim Preston’s use of the “butt drag” was a form of bullying in retaliation for an earlier encounter.

From the Fresno Bee, which has an extensive story about the controversy (with a hat tip to OutSports):

The boy’s father, Ross Rice, said Preston is a bully who targeted his 14-year-old son because he stood up to Preston in an earlier encounter. Now, Preston’s friends are teasing the boy at school, Rice said. The Bee is not naming Rice’s son because of the allegation that he is the victim of a sex crime.

“Preston took it beyond a simple wrestling move,” Rice said. “He crossed the line.”

The Fresno County District Attorney’s Office has charged Preston with sexual battery. His trial begins Thursday in Fresno County Superior Court.

The case has some scratching their heads.

Former Fresno State coach Dennis DeLiddo said the butt drag is a common move used by wrestlers all the time. “I’ve never heard this move used as being ugly or dirty,” he said.

—  John Wright