The Rev. Grant Storms, the former “Christian patriot” pastor whose marches against homosexuality at New Orleans’ Southern Decadence festival briefly put him in the national spotlight, was convicted of obscenity Wednesday, for exposing himself while masturbating at Lafreniere Park last year. In his confession, he described public masturbation as “a thrill,” but authorities debunked suspicions that he was a pedophile.
Storms, 55, who lives in Metairie, declined to comment after the conviction. Judge Ross LaDart of the 24th Judicial District Court, who presided over the daylong trial because Storms waived a jury, did not even break to deliberate. He promptly found Storms guilty of the single count of obscenity. He sentenced Storms to three years of probation, citing no evidence of a criminal history.
In his confession, Storms told Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Kevin Balser he had taken a break from his grass cutting business to sip a beer in the park, where he said he became “horny.” He said he put his hands into his underwear, but he never exposed himself. “Why do you go to the park and do this, as far as masturbating?” Balser asked Storms hours after the arrest. “I don’t know,” Storms responded. “I guess a thrill.”
My, my, my… nothing says ‘Reverend’ like a guy pleasuring himself boozed up in a park… Such persons are a cancer on the body of Christ. Oh how I long for the days when such persons would feel the Inquisitor’s wrath.
[Robert Wilson pointed out the story on the FB].