Charge: Exotic dancer extorted $7K from her pastor sex partner
By PAUL WALSH, Star Tribune
Last update: July 7, 2009 - 12:21 PM
A 46-year-old exotic dancer from Moorhead, Minn., has been charged with extorting $7,000 from a married pastor by threatening to expose their money-for-sex relationship to his wife and church leadership.
Bunny Annette Byington was charged last week in Clay County District Court and released on $500 bail on Thursday.
Once the pastor told Byington that he could come up with no more hush money, Byington followed through on her threat and told the pastor's wife, a senior pastor and assistant to the bishop about the affair, according to the charges.
She also sent the bishop a photo of the pastor on a bed wearing only his underpants and a T-shirt, the charges say.
According to the criminal complaint:
The pastor, identified in the complaint only as "M.S.O.," first contacted Byington about three years ago by answering an ad for an exotic dancer. He began seeing her at her home in Fargo for dance shows. Eventually, the pastor started paying Byington for sex.