A professor for Truman State University and elder of the Kirksville Church of Christ has been charged with misdemeanor prostitution. This is made worse for the anti-LGBTQ religious professor, because he’s alleged to seek same-sex relations from students.
Barry Cole Poyner is facing a class B misdemeanor for these charges.
If convicted, Poyner faces up to six months in prison and a fine of $1000.
Police were told Poyner had been propositioning male students for sexual favors, as well as offering to pay for things in exchange for same. He was active on Grindr with the username “DILF”.
After a detective set up a profile to catch Poyner, they received a message from the professor. Poyner propositioned the detective saying he:
“Would live to have a sugar daddy relationship.”
The fact an elder of a virulently homophobic church was caught engaging in this activity didn’t surprise some.
Why am I not surprised. What a hypocrite. And a liar. https://t.co/MO7VvTWHYT— Carole Workman-Allen (@carole_workman) December 17, 2019
Surprise, surprise who would of guessed https://t.co/DGJhBWeU1u— Stephanie Monroe (@Stephaniemonro2) December 17, 2019
This doesn't get me astonished! 😏 https://t.co/PxrczsB4Ct— Alessio Mameli (@galamay) December 17, 2019
Not surprised, tbh. https://t.co/3uaauqWtHu— Tony Agudo (@antoniusmisfit) December 16, 2019
Police set up a sting, where Poyner offered to pay for gas and provide an Arby’s gift card in exchange for sex. After arranging a meeting, police waited for Poyner at a gas station.
When he pulled up and saw police, he tried to drive away. The cops pulled him over two blocks away.
In court documents, Poyner said:
“I was not doing anything with a minor.”
Which is true.
However, the cops had issue with “paying for sexual favors” especially from students at the university where he worked. Poyner tried defending himself by saying he was “trying to help.”
But he could help a lot more by not hiding who he is, especially when his church and sermons speak against gay people.
An entire system that creates situations like this. I feel bad that anyone that has to hide who they really are. At the same time if you are hiding it, don’t go into a line of work that actively goes against the LGBTQ community. Don’t be a hypocrite. https://t.co/GLAWP8qIjn— Garrett Pattiani (@garrabstract) December 18, 2019
People would rather hate than except who they are. Yep! Man made religion in a nutshell.— Tony Cinema (@TonyCinema) December 17, 2019
It's the things we hate about ourselves that we attack in others.https://t.co/njqJhUAamN— Closeted Mennonite (@ClosetedMenno) December 17, 2019
Another anti-gay Christian pastor gets caught externalizing his internal conflict.... https://t.co/QHzNO1RRbH— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) December 16, 2019
Truman State University responded to news requests for information on the matter.
Poyner was placed on suspension and is not allowed on campus or to have any contact with student organizations. They are cooperating with law enforcement on this matter.
The Kirksville Church of Christ, however, has not responded.
That said, Poyner was removed from the list of the church elders. All his sermons were also removed from the church’s website.
Maybe they were embarrassed at how little he was offering for sex?
I have to applaud the open-mindedness of this church leader for deciding to try gay sex before he kept condemning it more.https://t.co/BM3y7kf9Je— JRehling (@JRehling) December 16, 2019
This guy is a hypocrite and a sinner )via his own religion) *and* a cheapskate! Let me buy sex so I can hide my urges for an Arby's and a tank o' gas ...— Marie Myung-Ok 명옥 Lee (@MarieMyungOkLee) December 17, 2019
He should've known he was talking to a cop when they accepted an Arby's gift card as paymenthttps://t.co/RwYCaTrRnu— Jaye McBride (@jayemcbride) December 17, 2019
Poyner’s initial court appearance is scheduled for January 8, 2020. He has not publicly commented on this matter.