Missouri Church Leader Tried To Pay For Sex On Grindr With An Arby’s Gift Card
A church leader in Missouri was caught and arrested after allegedly trying to meet men on the hook-up app Grindr and pay for sex, according to the New York Post — but that’s not the most interesting part of the story.
Barry Cole Poyner, 57, reportedly attempted to pay for the potential rendezvous with an Arby’s gift card.
The Church of Christ elder, who went by the handle “DILF”, apparently wanted to hook up with college-age young men and offered to buy them gas, clothes and roast beef sandwiches, the Post reported.
After a student reported Poyner’s proposal to police, an officer went undercover on Grindr and was allegedly messaged by the religious leader, saying “would love to have a sugar daddy relationship.”
Poyner “then offered to fill up his gas tank in exchange for sexual favors on Dec. 3” and said he “might throw in an Arby’s card LOL.”
But rather than a young buxom college kid, Poyner was met by police at the gas station, where he attempted to flee, the Post said. After being pulled over a few blocks away, Poyner said he “was not doing anything with a minor” and was only “trying to help” by the men gifts.
The church elder was charged with patronizing prostitution, which could land him in jail for six months. Poyner is also a professor at Truman State University but has been suspended following his arrest.
The Post said there is no word yet on whether Poyner has faced consequences from the church, which the publication noted has made homophobic comments.