Church Organist Busted In Glory Hole Gambit
Cops: Suspect, 75, "shoved" self through wall
JULY 26--A church organist is facing an indecent exposure charge after he allegedly “shoved his penis” through a bathroom divider wall “and waited” for a response from the man occupying the adjacent stall, police report.
According to cops, a worker operating a street sweeper on July 12 stopped to use the restroom at a small park in Brooksville, a Tampa suburb. While in a stall, the man told police, a man entered the restroom and went into the adjoining stall.
In short order, cops say, the victim was confronted with the private parts of Jerry Childress, 75, who “shoved his penis through the divider wall and waited.”
The “agitated” victim subsequently confronted Childress, who “promptly exited the restroom and fled the scene on foot.” Though cops responding to a 911 call were unable to locate the suspect, the victim--who returned to working in the vicinity of the park--subsequently spotted Childress exiting a wooded area.
When Childress got into his car and drove away, the victim began following him (apparently while behind the wheel of the street sweeper). After tailing Childress to the Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, the victim called cops.
During police questioning, Childress reportedly “admitted the entire incident.” He was arrested last week for indecent exposure and released from custody on $1000 bond. Childress is scheduled for an August 10 court hearing.
Childress has been the Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church’s organist for the past decade. On his LinkedIn page, Childress notes that, “I am the Principle organist for the church which is a paid position, but I do it because of my love of playing organ music and giving my gift back to God.”
While the church has deleted Childress’s photo and a short biography from its web site, a cached version remains online. The musician “leads worship on Sunday morning” and, the bio notes, his “prelude pieces...mark the service with dignity and splendor as the gathering worshippers prepare their hearts for corporate praise.”
Childress, who was divorced in 2008, remarried in February 2013, according to his Facebook page, which includes the below profile photo. (3 pages)