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A Catholic priest was caught having a threesome with two porn stars ‘on a church altar’. He has since found out he will not be charged with obscenity.

The altar was removed and burned after the arrest, once the archdiocese found out what had happened.

The man in question is Reverend Travis Clark, from Louisiana. He was arrested last year after the incident at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

The 37-year-old priest was having sex there with Mindy Dixon, 41, and Melissa Cheng, 28. He may have escaped the obscenity charge, but all three are now facing charges of vandalism.

Clark’s lawyer Bradley Phillips said he felt it was the “right decision” to drop the obscenity charges,  because the incident was consensual and it took place on private property.

He criticised the vandalism charge, though. Phillips said: “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.”

Arrest

Clark and the women were discovered when a passerby saw lights on at the church. They went over to see what was going on.

The two women involved were dressed in corsets and high heels at the time, according to court documents.

It appeared they were filming their antics too, as stage lighting and sex toys were also discovered at the scene. There was also a phone and a camera mounted on tripods.

Clark reportedly told police that the two women were just his ‘guests and friends’, but they were all arrested.

Before the incident, Dixon posted on social media saying she was on her way to meet up with another dominatrix to ‘defile a house of God’.

Archbishop’s Response

The archdiocese announced it had suspended Clark from the ministry because of his arrest.

Archbishop Gregory Aymond shared an online video.

He said: “Many people feel anger, betrayal and disappointment, and I feel the same way, as do my brother priests.

“Regarding Travis, his obscene behaviour was deplorable, his desecration of the altar in the church was demonic and I am infuriated by his actions.

“When the details became clear we had the altar removed and burned. I will consecrate a new altar tomorrow.”

Clark was later released from jail on a $25,000 (£19,000) bail.

At the time town council member and lifelong member of the church, Kat Walsh, told nola.com that Clark was “likable and hardworking”, but said the arrests “had upset parishioners.”

She added: “What upsets me is, why did he have to do that there? I’m upset for all of us, the parishioners of the church. Why there?”
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