A Chicago preacher, who provoked controversy when an image of him in the bath with his granddaughter emerged online, has defended his actions.
Bishop Larry Trotter, the senior pastor of the Sweet Holy Spirit Church, was accused of having inappropriate interactions with a minor after the picture was posted on his Instragram page.
In the picture, Trotter and his granddaughter smile for the camera while covered in bubbles from the neck down.
The image has stirred a huge response from the online community with many calling for child protective services to get involved.
Calling into the John Hannah Morning Show, Trotter insisted that the photo was innocent and that the backlash he received has hurt him and his family.
“It is a very dark time and a very hurtful time for my family because what was innocent has become very ugly and nasty,” he said.
According to Trotter, both him and his granddaughter had on swimming trunks, and the child’s mother took the photo. Another family member uploaded it to instagram.
Says Trotter, “I am not ashamed of what I did. I am ashamed and hurt that it has gone out into the world and people have called me everything from a child molester to a pedophile to a nasty old man.”
I personally don’t think the Bishop is up to no good, but this picture is just in poor taste and completely inappropriate. I can’t think of any reasonable situation where a little girl should be in the tub with her grandfather or her daddy for that matter. I don’t roll like that. But that’s me. I want to hear your thoughts. Let’s discuss.