Travis John Clark, 39, of Louisiana, United States was ordained as Catholic priest in 2013. He joined the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Pearl River, St. Tammany, Louisiana in 2019.
On September 30, 2020, Clark was inside the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Mindy Lynn Dixon, now 42, of Kent, King County, Washington, USA and Melissa Kamon Cheng, now 29, of Alpharetta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA. Through a window, a passerby saw the trio having sex on the altar, took a video and notified the Pearl River Police Department.
As shown in the video, Clark was half-naked but still wearing his priestly attire while having sex with Dixon and Cheng. Both women were clad in corsets and high-heeled boots.
Lighting and cameras on tripods and sex toys were set up around the altar where Clark, Dixon and Cheng were having sex. According to the women, they were recording themselves in role play.
Clark, Dixon and Cheng were arrested and were each charged with institutional vandalism. The two women were released from jail after posting $25,000 bail each.
Shortly after the arrest, Clark was defrocked. He has paid restitution to the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in the amount of $8,000.
On July 26, 2022, Dixon and Cheng each pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor charge of institutional vandalism. On the same day, they were issued summonses to appear as witnesses for the state in Clark’s jury trial on January 9, 2023.
22nd Judicial District Judge Ellen Creel gave Dixon and Cheng each a suspended sentence and two years of supervised probation and ordered them to make restitution. On November 21, 2022, Clark received a suspended three-year prison sentence, three years of supervised probation and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine after pleading guilty to a single count of felony obscenity.
On January 20, 2022, Clark will have to appear in court again for a permanent civil injunction. This prohibits him, Dixon and Cheng from ever profiting from the crime they committed on September 30, 2020.