Reporting Mike Hellgren
TOWSON, Md. (WJZ)—A Baltimore County priest is arrested after police say he took his pants off inside an adult movie store.
Mike Hellgren has details of the charges he’s facing.
Police say they caught a priest from the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Towson with his pants down inside an adult store in Abingdon and charged him with indecent exposure. The misdemeanor could put him in jail.
Robert and Pam Kuhl own Bush River Books and Movies, where the cops charged Father Mark Stewart Bullock, 47, in a sting operation last week.
“He made a mistake,” said Pam Kuhl. “He was a priest, but he was still a person.”
The Kuhls believe their store was unfairly targeted.
“We’ve made some people mad here over the years. It could be them calling. We don’t know,” said Robert Kuhl. “The poor man’s life is ruined.”
The Baltimore Archdiocese says it immediately removed Bullock as a priest.
In this letter to parishioners, the church says it ordered Bullock to get a psychiatric evaluation and initiated an investigation to learn more about the incident.
“Prior to this occurrence, neither Immaculate Conception nor the Archdiocese was aware of any illegal behavior,” the letter reads.
A search in court records shows Bullock has no prior arrests.
It’s “a very unfortunate incident that happened. We don’t condone it in any way,” said Pam Kuhl.
“He was in the wrong place at the wrong time, I guess,” Robert Kuhl said.
Bullock listed the Church of the Immaculate Conception as his address, but the Archdiocese said he will no longer be able to live in the rectory. They declined WJZ’s request for an interview.
Bullock has a court hearing scheduled for early March.