Tulsa pastor arrested in Oklahoma City

Wednesday, January 4th 2006, 10:30 am
By: News On 6

A prominent Tulsa pastor was arrested in a prostitution sting in Oklahoma City late Tuesday night.

Dr. Lonnie Latham, the pastor of South Tulsa Baptist Church, was arrested by an undercover officer posing as a male prostitute.

Pastor Latham was jailed overnight and released Wednesday afternoon, where he was being held on a complaint of "offering to engage in lewd acts."

He told reporters in Oklahoma City Wednesday, his congregation would understand. "Oh they'll be hurt until they hear the whole story, and the abuse that I experienced and the setup that was part of it."

Latham's church was attempting to contact him Wednesday afternoon for more information.

Latham is a former director of the Tulsa Metro Baptist Association and was a leading spokesman against the state lottery for Oklahoma Baptists.