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Gagged priest ‘playing’ with handcuffs at church gets stuck, calls 911 for help

A gagged priest at Springfield’s St. Aloysius church called 911 late last year and asked them for help because he had been “playing” with handcuffs and he got stuck.

Audio of Father Tom Donovan’s Nov. 28 911 call was published by the Illinois Times on Thursday.

“I’m stuck in a pair of handcuffs and I’m going to need help getting out before it becomes a medical emergency,” Donovan tells the dispatcher in a muffled voice.

“You’re stuck in a pair of handcuffs?” the dispatcher replies.

“Yes,” Donovan admits. “I was playing with them so I need some help getting out.”

When police arrived at the church, they discovered that the priest’s voice had sounded garbled because he was also wearing a gag, according to the Illinois Times.

Although the Diocese of Springfield had been provided with a police report and a audio of the 911 call, they had refused to comment on the incident.

“I wouldn’t be able to tell you where Father Donovan is,” diocese spokesperson Kathie Sass said. “There’s a matter of privacy there.”

Sass told The State Journal-Register that Donovan had been granted a leave of absence in December for “personal reasons.”

by Anonymousreply 2903/30/2013

"Bless me Father,..."

by Anonymousreply 101/04/2013

And he's on the cute side.

by Anonymousreply 201/04/2013

A trick gone bad?

by Anonymousreply 301/04/2013

Sass? I'll say!

by Anonymousreply 401/04/2013

Didn't this happen to George on Seinfeld?

by Anonymousreply 501/04/2013

what a weirdo

by Anonymousreply 601/04/2013

Fall on your knees ...

by Anonymousreply 701/04/2013

Is this some kind of new Opus Dei self-flagellation type devotional torture? I don't get it.

And what happened to the altar boy with the key?

by Anonymousreply 801/04/2013

It was a paid (or maybe non-paid) trick who just up and left him, no doubt.

by Anonymousreply 901/04/2013

Bumping original thread

by Anonymousreply 1001/04/2013

It would be interesting to know what he was wearing in addition to handcuffs and a ballgag.

by Anonymousreply 1101/08/2013

It was the leather harness and nipple clamps that caused a few cops to giggle.

by Anonymousreply 1201/26/2013

this is my big fear.

tho I'm sure this guy feels he's lucky to get out alive. I would, too.

You say you were jumped from behind.

by Anonymousreply 1301/26/2013

They played the 911 call on some TV show a few weeks bag. I think it was "This just In." Funny

by Anonymousreply 1401/26/2013

Conversation overheard between two security guards in my building: "All the homosexuals rushed to become priests before 1984, so they could get benefits and change the rules".

by Anonymousreply 1501/26/2013

He looks like he can be a lot of fun. We know he's open to playing with toys.

by Anonymousreply 1601/26/2013

Obviously, he wasn't playing with handcuffs by himself.

by Anonymousreply 1701/28/2013

What was that supposed to mean exactly, R15? Weird.

by Anonymousreply 1801/28/2013

It was the size of the buttplug that raised a few eyebrows.

by Anonymousreply 1901/30/2013

This is a funny story. Has anyone seen a follow-up?

by Anonymousreply 2003/29/2013

It's a teachable moment, my children. Never pay rough trade until after he releases you. Lesson learned?

by Anonymousreply 2103/29/2013

How did the cops keep from laughing when they saw him in a harness, buttplug, and ballgag?

by Anonymousreply 2203/29/2013

The bishop explained that St. Aloysius' pastor, the Rev. Thomas Donovan, "is suffering from a psychological condition that manifests itself in self-bondage as a response to stress."

With the priest's consent, the statement includes a description of what Donovan's own clinical therapist had diagnosed as "non-sexual self-bondage."


by Anonymousreply 2303/30/2013

Thanks for discovering that HuffPo story, R23. I was wondering what type of tale his boss would deliver.

by Anonymousreply 2403/30/2013

What a shitty thing to do to somebody. I thought Don Draper was an asshole for doing the same thing.

by Anonymousreply 2503/30/2013

Remember, guys: It is always courteous to remove the gag from the priest's mouth, and give him the key to the handcuffs, before you leave.

by Anonymousreply 2603/30/2013

Fr. Tommy's boss, Bishop Paporocki, made headlines when he testified against Illinois’ proposed marriage-equality bill, arguing that same-sex marriage would undermine the “natural family.”

by Anonymousreply 2703/30/2013

i think it's ridiculous to call it "non sexual", but i do think it is possible he did this to himself and really was alone the whole time. i am guessing he is into all manner of heavy s&m, and putting himself into bondage is a form of 'masturbation' for when he needs to get off but can't get away from the rectory. i don't think it's at all impossible to gag oneself and get into handcuffs (even behind your back) if that is what you are determined to do. getting out of that, however, may indeed require public emergency assistance.

by Anonymousreply 2803/30/2013

I think it's hilarious that the priest tells the 911 operator, "I'll be here."

Well, he wasn't going anywhere!

by Anonymousreply 2903/30/2013
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