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A former Louisiana priest and two dominatrices have been charged with vandalism for allegedly having sex on top of a Louisiana church altar.
A person was walking by Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church in Pearl River on Sept. 30 when they allegedly saw a half-clothed priest through the church's windows engaging in a threesome with two corset-clad dominatrices on top of the altar, Nola.com reported last year.
Travis Jhon Clark, 37, then-pastor of Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church was arrested, as well as two out of state women: Mindy Lynn Dixon, 41, of Kent, Washington and Melissa Kamon Cheng, 28, of Alpharetta, Georgia.
While the three were originally charged with obscenity counts last fall, on Friday the St. Tammany Parish District Attorney’s Office announced those charges had been reduced.
The three have now face one count of institutional vandalism each. They are accused of “knowingly vandalizing, defacing, or otherwise damaging property and causing damage valued at over $500 and under $50,000,” at the church, according to the district attorney’s office.
Attorney Bradley Phillips, who represents both Dixon and Cheng, told Nola.com on Friday that the district attorney’s office "has rightfully chosen to not pursue obscenity charges against my clients."
He said that the incident was legal because it didn’t occur in public.
"Instead, after waiting nearly six months, the state has decided to move forward with a lesser charge of 'institutionalized vandalism.' It is clear the state went out of its way to contort the facts of this case in order to fit their own narrative," Phillips stated. "Once again, they have overstepped their bounds as this nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to regulate the morality of private individuals. Just because you don’t like something, doesn’t make it criminal. My clients look forward to their day in court as we continue to fight this baseless allegation."
Phillips has not immediately responded to Oxygen.com’s request for comment. It’s unclear if Clark has an attorney.
Clark was removed from his post with the church one day after his arrest. Dixon and Cheng told police at the time of the arrest that they were role-playing and recording the consensual acts.
Archbishop of New Orleans Gregory Aymond told WWL-TV that Clark’s acts were “deplorable.”
“His desecration of the altar in Church was demonic,” he said. “I am infuriated by his actions. When the details became clear, we had the altar removed and burned.”
Clark, Cheng and Dixon were all released from jail after posting bond shortly after their arrests.
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