The Rev. Lonnie Latham, 59, a member of Nashville based Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) executive committee, was arrested in Oklahoma City after propositioning a male undercover police officer for oral sex.
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. The lewdness charge carries a penalty of up to one year in jail and a $2,500 fine.
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 black 2005 Mercedes automobile was impounded, Becker said.
Latham told local TV stations that he was in the area ministering to people. He said he was set up by police.
Latham has spoken out against same-sex marriage and in support of a SBC 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."
The SBC executive committee he serves on consists of the SBC president, secretary, the president of the Woman’s Missionary Union, and one member from each cooperating state of the SBC.