A high-ranking leader within the United Pentecostal Church International (UPCI) plead guilty to a misdemeanor for sexual misconduct, reports the St. Louis Dispatch.

Rev. Ronald Oree Nation, 70, was caught having sex in public park, an unseemly sight for a minister from a group that prides itself upon “holiness standards” regarding personal conduct and dress.

But undress was apparently the issue in this criminal case.

Nation, once the Sunday School director of the UPCI at its headquarters was suspended him without pay and then went into retirement.

The court in St. Louis has decided the first two years of Nation’s retirement will include probation and he must pay a $1,000 fine.

The UPCI essentially believes that those who do not accept their interpretation of the bible regarding baptism and a “oneness” belief that rejects the trinity will be condemned to hell.

The arrest and guilty plea of Rev. Nation is no doubt a deep embarrassment for the UPCI, which is in the habit of pointing out the sins and failings of others.


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