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6 homophobes who were busted on Grindr

What is it with homophobes and Grindr? This week, an antigay preacher from Missouri was busted trying to buy sex off Grindr… and paying for it with an Arby’s gift card.

57-year-old Barry Cole Poyner of Kirksville, Missouri is, er, was an elder at the Kirksville Church of Christ, as well as a professor of communications at Truman State University, before news of his gay sex scandal went national.

He was slapped with a class B misdemeanor count of patronizing prostitution after cops received a tip that he’d been “harassing male Truman students for sexual contact as well as offering to pay for items for sexual favors by using the app Grindr” then set up a fake profile to catch him in the act.

Related: Another antigay church leader caught trying to buy sex on Grindr

It didn’t take long for Poyner, using the handle “DILF,” to reach out to an undercover officer, saying he “would love to have a sugar daddy relationship” and offering to buy him a tank of gas and an Arby’s gift card in exchange for sex.

When police eventually confronted him, Poyner said he was only “trying to help” and that he had no intentions of “doing anything with a minor.” If convicted, he faces up to six months in prison and a fine of up to $1,000.

Now, here are five more homophobes who have been caught cruising on Grindr…

Bill Sanderson

In July 2019, the Republican lawmaker was accused of keeping a secret Grindr profile while simultaneously pushing several pieces of antigay legislation through the Tennessee House of Representatives. After screenshots of alleged chats between Sanderson and other men leaked online, the lawmaker, who happens to have a gay son, insisted he was being framed then said he was resigning from office, though he maintained his resignation had nothing to do with the gay sex scandal.

Related: It turns out that antigay lawmaker allegedly caught on Grindr also has a gay son

Aryeh Cohen

Aryeh Leiv Cohen

In August 2018, the 44-year-old rabbi was busted for trying to arrange a hookup with a 16-year-old he met on Grindr. Little did he know, the 16-year-old was actually an undercover cop. When officers arrived at his front door to arrest him, Cohen said, “I sort of deserve it.” That November, he pled guilty to one count of engaging in electronic communication describing sexual conduct with a child. In January 2019, a judge sentenced him to two days in jail followed by three years of probation.

Related: Rabbi who attempted to seduce teen boy with x-rated pics and chats slapped with two day jail sentence

Brian Kemp

This one isn’t so much a Grindr sex scandal as it is just a weird Grindr story… In October 2018, the then gubernatorial candidate from Georgia was busted cruising for votes on the app in his efforts to defeat Stacey Abrams. His campaign declined to comment on why it was running political ads on a gay sex app when the candidate himself hates gay people, though an aide said it was likely due to an glitch in targeted advertising.

Related: Antigay gubernatorial candidate so desperate for votes he’s advertising… on Grindr?!

Joseph McLoone

In August 2019, the Pennsylvania priest was accused of stealing almost $100,000 from his church to pay for a lavish beach house, boyfriends, and other personal expenses, including a Grindr XTRA account. When confronted about it, McLoone admitted to paying for “personal relationships” with men using church funds. He was charged with charged with multiple counts of theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, theft by failure to make required disposition of funds, and dealing in the proceeds of unlawful activity.

Related: Priest arrested for spending church money on beach house, boyfriends, and a Grindr XTRA account

Dominic “Nick” Provenzano

In March 2018, it was revealed that the 56-year-old aide to “family values” politician Rep. Randy Hultgren of Illinois had been busted having car sex with a 17-year-old kid who he met on Grindr. Provenzano, who’s married to a woman, told police he thought the kid was 18. Meanwhile, the teen said the whole thing was consensual. But that didn’t stop homophobic Hultgren from firing Provenzano after the story leaked to the media.

Related: Aide for antigay politician busted having car sex with 17-year-old boy he met on Grindr