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Closeted man called the police after being robbed by a male sex worker. They charged him with ‘soliciting sodomy’ and publicly outed him

Nick Duffy May 25, 2020
Closeted gay man outed by police after being robbed by male sex worker

Christopher Keys, of Macon, Georgia, had called the police after being robbed (Photo: Tattnall Square Academy)

A police department has publicly outed a gay robbery victim who had told his friends and family he was kidnapped in order to cover up a meeting with a male sex worker.

Christopher Keys, of Macon, Georgia, had called the police on May 19 after being robbed while waiting in a motel room for a sex worker he had arranged to meet on Craigslist.

According to the report Keys filed with police, two masked men had knocked on the door and held him at gunpoint, before robbing him of his wallet, house, truck and work keys, and a cell phone.

Police department publicly outed man who reported robbery.

Rather than help Keys, Bibb County Sheriff’s Office opted to arrest him and charge him with “solicitation of sodomy” – which remains a specific crime in Georgia, 17 years after the US Supreme Court struck down sodomy laws banning gay sex.

The police also posted a Facebook message detailing the incident in full in order to contradict circulating “rumours” – after the victim told friends an edited version of the story in which he was kidnapped from outside a CVS pharmacy and driven to the motel.

Christopher Keys, of Macon, Georgia, had called the police after being robbed
Christopher Keys, of Macon, Georgia, had called the police after being robbed (Photo: Tattnall Square Academy)

The Facebook post from the sheriff’s office said: “Keys stated to deputies that he had responded to an ad on Craigslist. He was to meet a man at the motel in room #111. An investigation revealed that Keys had been a frequent visitor to the Regency Inn & Suites since January.

“Keys told deputies at the time of the initial report that he did not want this to get out and that he did not want deputies to talk with his relatives. Keys said that he was going to tell his father that he was kidnapped from another location and brought to the motel.

“Based on information discovered in the course of the investigation, Keys has been arrested and charged with solicitation of sodomy. The Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the personal robbery reported by Keys.”

Gay victim, who wanted to stay in the closet, worked at religious school.

Keys, 56, had been employed as a Bible studies teacher at a local religious school, Tattnall Square Academy, according to the Macon Telegraph.

He appears to have now been removed from a staff directory on the school website, however.

The school told the newspaper: “Tattnall Square Academy was only recently made aware of the charges against our former employee, Christopher Keys. We have no comment or information regarding the matter about which he is accused.”

More: Gay, Georgia, outed, police, sex work, sodomy

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