SoVo: Southern Baptist leader arrested for soliticing policeman

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Tom Dempsey

Jan 4, 2006, 11:34:59 PM1/4/06
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Southern Baptist leader arrested for soliticing policeman
Minister says he was in the area ministering to people
Jan 4, 7:20 PM

An executive committee member of the Southern Baptist Convention was
arrested on a lewdness charge for propositioning a plainclothes
policeman outside a hotel, police said.

Lonnie Latham, senior pastor at South Tulsa Baptist Church, was booked
into Oklahoma County Jail Tuesday night on a misdemeanor charge of
offering to engage in an act of lewdness, police Capt. Jeffrey Becker
said. Latham was released on $500 bail Wednesday afternoon.

Latham, who has spoken out against homosexuality, asked the officer to
join him in his hotel room for oral sex. Latham was arrested and his
2005 Mercedes automobile was impounded, Becker said.

Calls to Latham at his church were not immediately returned Wednesday.

The arrest took place in the parking lot of the Habana Inn, which is in
an area where the public has complained about male prostitutes flagging
down cars, Becker said. The plainclothes officers was investigating
these complaints.

The lewdness charge carries a penalty of up to one year in jail and a
$2,500 fine.

After posting bond, Latham told KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City that he was set
up, and was in the area ministering to people.

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