Anti-Gay Church Elder Busted Soliciting Young Men For Prostitution On Grindr

Anti-Gay Church Elder Busted Soliciting Young Men For Prostitution On Grindr December 16, 2019

More of that Christian hypocrisy: An elder at an anti-gay church in Missouri is facing misdemeanor prostitution charges after soliciting sex from young men on Grindr, the social networking site for gay, bisexual and bi-curious men.

According to police reports, 57-year-old Barry Cole Poyner, an elder at the Kirksville Church of Christ, as well as a professor of communications at Truman State University, has been “harassing male Truman students for sexual contact as well as offering to pay for items for sexual favors by using the app Grindr.” 

Queerty reports:

Another day, another antigay church leader busted for trying to buy sex on Grindr.

57-year-old Barry Cole Poyner of Kirksville, Missouri is an elder at the Kirksville Church of Christ, as well as a professor of communications at Truman State University.

The Kirksville Church of Christ likes to post things on Facebook about how terrible gay people are and how, if you have sex outside of marriage, you are a fornicator who is going to hell. You know, typical, run-of-the-mill Evangelical hate.

Kirksville Daily Express reports:

A Truman State University professor and elder with the Kirksville Church of Christ is facing a misdemeanor prostitution charge amid allegations he sought sexual favors from male college students.

Barry Cole Poyner, 57, of Kirksville, has been charged with a class B misdemeanor count of patronizing prostitution.

According to court documents, Poyner faces up to six months in prison and/or a fine up to $1,000 if convicted.

According to reports, the Kirksville Police Department set up an undercover profile on Grindr, and was soon contacted by a user subsequently determined to be Poyner, who went by the handle“DILF.” 

Police report that “DILF” told the undercover officer that he “would love to have a sugar daddy relationship,” and offered the undercover officer gasoline and an Arby’s gift card in exchange for sexual favors.

After his arrest, Truman State University issued a statement noting that Poyner has been placed on suspension:

He has been placed on suspension and informed that he is not allowed on campus, cannot have contact with any student organizations or participate in any campus events or activities.

Friendly Atheist reports that Poyner’s church has not issued a public statement on the matter, but that the church “did remove his name from the list of elders and took down his sermons from their website.”

Bottom line: In yet another example Christian hypocrisy, Barry Cole Poyner, an elder at the anti-gay Kirksville Church of Christ, is facing misdemeanor prostitution charges after soliciting sex from young men on Grindr.

Anti-Gay Church Elder Busted Soliciting Young Men For Prostitution On Grindr (Image via Truman State University)
Anti-Gay Church Elder Busted Soliciting Young Men For Prostitution On Grindr (Image via Truman State University)
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