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A passerby stumbled upon an unholy sight inside a Louisiana church last week, allegedly witnessing a half-clothed priest having sex with two corset-clad dominatrices on top of the altar.
The unidentified person had been walking by Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church in Pearl River around 11 p.m. on Sept. 30 and was surprised to see the lights on inside later than usual, according to Nola.com.
After looking inside the church’s windows and glass door, the person was shocked to see the parish’s priest half-naked having sex on the altar with two women wearing corsets and high-heeled boots, authorities said. The trio was also using plastic sex toys and had allegedly set up stage lighting to record the illicit encounter.
The onlooker began recording a video of the group and called Pearl River Police, who later arrested the Rev. Travis Clark, 37; Mindy Dixon, 41; and Melissa Cheng, 23, for obscene acts.
Police alleged the obscene acts “occurred on the altar, which is clearly visible from the street,” according to court records obtained by the outlet.
Dixon and Cheng told police the acts were consensual and they were recording themselves as part of “role play.”
Dixon, an adult film actress who also moonlights as a dominatrix, alluded to the planned tryst on social media in a post on Sept. 29 saying she was heading to New Orleans to met up with another dominatrix to “defile a house of God,” Nola.com reports.
The Archdiocese of New Orleans removed Clark from his ministry after the arrest.
In addition to his post at Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church, Clark had also recently been named as the chaplain of Pope John Paul II High School in Slidell.
The charges come shortly after another priest, the Rev. Pat Wattigny, was removed from his post within the archdiocese after reportedly admitting to sexually abusing a minor in 2013.
“Both of these situations are very troubling to me,” Archbishop Gregory Aymond told Christianity Daily. “When a priest does not live out his vocation faithfully, he suffers consequences and I must notify the parishioners, school families, and public in general.”
Aymond reportedly went to the church just days after Clark’s arrest to perform a ritual to restore the sanctity of the altar, according to Nola.com.
Town Council member Kat Walsh, who is a member of the church, said parishioners have been shocked by the stunning allegations.
“What upsets me is, why did he have to do that there,” she told Nola.com. “I’m upset for all of us, the parishioners of the church. Why there?”
Clark, Cheng and Dixon have all been released from jail after posting bond.
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