Church Break-In, Lewd Acts Caught on Video

Warning:  Extremely Disturbing Content – Sensitive Readers Should Go No Further

A male suspect broke into St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Marietta on Christmas night, disturbed the Nativity Scene, and performed lewd acts. Unbeknownst to him, this behavior was caught on surveillance video.  Charges have been filed and the suspect is in custody on a parole violation.

Sources tell RCNN the suspect was dressed like a woman when he broke into the church at 401 Scammel Street at midnight on Christmas. Sgt. Katie Warden said the suspect “performed a sex act on himself with church property.”  And, this he did after placing bathroom mirrors so he could observe his actions.

The suspect, who is a registered sex offender, admitted to the crime under questioning. The charges against him are misdemeanors because he did not steal anything.  However, further charges may be forthcoming.


About Callie Lyons

RCNN Publisher and Editor Callie Lyons is an independent journalist and author living in the Mid Ohio Valley. Her first book, Stain-Resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal: The Hidden Dangers of C8, is available at and in hundreds of libraries all over the world. Known as a "warrior for public health", Lyons' environmental investigations have been featured in documentaries, including Good Neighbors - Bad Blood and Toxic Soup, on Swedish National Television and in numbers of television, radio and print media interviews. Her work has appeared on Nova's Whiz Kids and in Mother Jones magazine. More recently, a national audience has come to know her award-winning investigative work through the Environmental Working Group and interviews with leading publications like the Huffington Post and The Intercept. Lyons' work was featured in the 2017 documentary Parched:Toxic Waters by National Geographic. According to Dr. Arlene Blum of the Green Science Policy Institute at UC Berkeley, Lyons' book provided the inspiration for the Madrid Statement, which documents the scientific consensus regarding the persistence and potential for harm of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances like PFOA and lays out a roadmap to gather needed information and prevent further harm. In 2006, Lyons received the Associated Press of Ohio Award for Best Business Writer. In 2007, Ohio Citizen Action presented Lyons with the Uncovering the Truth Award for her environmental journalism. In 2015, the Marietta 9-12 Project awarded Lyons the Freedom Pin for her commitment to democracy and free press.
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