Miami Beach police arrested two Chicago-area priests Monday for allegedly performing sexual acts on one another in a car in full view of the public.
Authorities found Diego Berrio and Edwin Giraldo Cortez of Arlington Heights, Illinois, allegedly engaged in oral sex in the front seat of a car at 3:20 p.m. The car, which did not have tinted windows, was parked on the side of a Miami Beach street so that anyone walking down the sidewalk or passing down the street could clearly see the two men. (RELATED: Conservative Catholics Call For Purge Of Gay Priests In Light Of Sexual Abuse Scandals)
Both men identified themselves as priests from the Mission of San Juan Diego parish in Arlington Heights.
“Yesterday, we received a call indicating that two men were performing a sex act inside of a car. This is in broad daylight, 13th Street and Ocean Drive. There are no tints on the window,” said Miami Beach Police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez, according to CBS Miami.
Evidently the two men were so caught up in the moment that they were oblivious to those outside their rental car.
“We observed the two males performing the sex act, the officer had to tap on the window to get their attention,” he added.
Authorities charged both men with Lewd and Lascivious Behavior, which is a misdemeanor, and also charged Cortez with Indecent Exposure.
The officers said that, from their perspective, the men’s professions did not matter so much as the location in which they had sex, especially given the fact that there was a children’s playground nearby.
“Their profession is irrelevant, in fact our trouble with this is that this is broad daylight, for anyone to see including children. There’s a time and a place for everything and this certainly was not the time and place,” Rodriguez said.
A spokesman from the Mission of San Juan Diego parish reportedly called ABC’s Local 10 News and requested a copy of the police report. The spokesman confirmed that Berrio was a priest but said he had never heard of Cortez.
“Is that article a joke or something?” he asked.
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