A magistrate has fined Melbourne priest Fr Wieslaw Pawlowski $400 for sunbaking naked in a suburban park.
The Daily Telegraph reports that Fr Pawlowski was yesterday convicted of wilful exposure in a public park next to a school.
Fr Pawlowski tendered two pairs of underwear, a pair of white briefs and a grey G-string, as evidence that he was just following doctors orders to get sun on severe burn scarring on the priest's back.
"The sun is good for my skin," said Fr Pawlowski. "I have to sunbake to stay healthy."
When approached by police in Miller Park about 10am on Saturday, September 15 last year, he was lying on his back on the lounge. The court heard he saw the police and began to put on a pair of white underpants while still lying down.
Father Pawlowski claimed he put the white pants over the top of a grey G-string he was already wearing.
A resident next door to the park had complained to police after seeing the priest lying naked on a banana lounge.
Magistrate Janet Wahlquist found he was indeed naked in the park and that most people would find it "immoral and obscene" that a grown man was sunbaking naked in a park where children might play.
She fined him $400 and recorded a conviction.
G-string priest caught pants down (Daily Telegraph, 16/11/08)