A MARRIED pastor caught with a bound naked man in his car insists he did "nothing wrong" - and claims he was "just doing some counselling".
Grandad George Gregory, 61, of Munhall, Pennsylvania, told police he was "just playing" with the man, who was found tied up with nylon rope.
Officers arrived at the scene in Beechland Street, Homestead around 11.30pm on Friday to find Gregory in the backseat and the naked man in the front seat.
According to a criminal complaint obtained by KDKA, when the officers asked Gregory what was going on, the pastor replied that they were "just playing" and added that he and the other man "meet from time to time to play with each other".
The restrained naked man confirmed to the officers that the encounter was consensual.
When confronted by a reporter from KDKA at his home the following day, however, Gregory denied ever having that conversation with police and offered a different version of events.
He said: "I have nothing to hide, I did nothing wrong."
Gregory, who is the pastor at the Waterfront Christian Community Church in West Homestead, claimed that police were summoned because someone had thought there was a medical emergency.
He added: "I was counselling a young man with a drug problem. It did turn strange, but it wasn’t my doing, OK? And I was adamant that I’m not participating in that way."
Gregory said he and his wife have been trying to help the unnamed man with his substance abuse problem for a few years.
He said: "I won’t deny that he began to take his clothes off and propositioned me, but I will deny, on a stack of Bibles with God as my witness, that I did nothing."
Gregory further added that he was clothed when inside the car and argued that there was no reason for police to charge him with lewd behaviour.
The pastor and the other man will be receiving their summonses in the mail.
According to his biography on the Waterfront Christian Community Church’s website, Gregory decided to become a preacher at 25 and attended the Johnson Bible College in Tennessee.
Gregory and his wife have been married for nearly 35 years and have a grown son and daughter, as well as grandchildren.