I still don't understand why this is against the law. Michael Royce was arrested for soliciting sex from an undercover cop in a public bathroom. He wanted to leave and go to a private residence to enjoy his sexual encounter. Why is this wrong? The actual charge was "Solicitation Crimes Against Nature", which sounds like Royce was busted because he was hooking up for gay sex.
I guess it would be wrong if you are a youth pastor. You know the code "gay is bad" if you are a Christian and especially if you are a youth pastor.
Following Penland's plea, which doesn't admit guilt while also not contesting the charges, the ex-St. Gregory's Episcopal Church youth ministry director only has to pay court costs and stay away from recreational property in Haywood County, N.C., where he was arrested in June.
I should say Royce is a former pastor. He lost his job over this.