Lonnie Latham, an executive committee member of the Southern Baptist Convention, was arrested on a lewdness charge Tuesday.
He has also spoken out against same-sex marriage and in support of a Southern Baptist Convention directive urging its 42,000 churches to befriend gays and lesbians and try to convince them that they can become heterosexual "if they accept Jesus Christ as their savior and reject their 'sinful, destructive lifestyle."'
Latham asked an officer of the law dressed in plain clothes to join him in his hotel room for oral sex. He was arrested and his 2005 Mercedes automobile was impounded.
The senior pastor at South Tulsa Baptist Church, was booked into Oklahoma County Jail 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.
When he left jail, Latham told Oklahoma City television station KFOR:
"I was set up. I was in the area pastoring to police."....