Incident at fishing site ends with local minister’s arrest

A minister was arrested following an incident at a state fish and wildlife area at State Road 11 and Interstate 65.

Gaylard Lee Williams, 59, of Seymour, told police during his arrest he went to Cypress Lake to walk and to look for a friend who goes to the lake to fish, according to the probable cause affidavit.

He said he didn’t touch the man inappropriately but touched him on the shoulder because he thought he knew him and may have seen him there before.

Williams, who was arrested on a Class B misdemeanor charge of battery Friday, posted a $355 bond and was released Tuesday. He could not be reached for comment. Calls to the Seymour church where Williams told police he served were not answered because it was no longer in service.

The man told police he was in his truck when Williams pulled up beside him, got out of his sport utility vehicle and came over to his vehicle, according to the probable cause affidavit signed by Jackson County Officer Dustin Steward. That man said he rolled down the window, and Williams reached inside the window and touched him inappropriately.

The man told police Williams also asked him to perform a sex act on him, according to court documents.

Police said the man, who said he was parked there taking a phone call, responded to Williams by saying “he didn’t swing that way.”

The man also told Williams he had a handgun on him, and that’s when Williams “took off” to another vehicle in the area, according to the report.

Steward said the man recorded Williams’ license plate number and reported the incident to police.

Police arrested Williams at State Road 11 and Burkart Boulevard in Seymour. During that arrest, Williams said he didn’t like people seeing him in handcuffs because he was a pastor at a Seymour church.