ST. LOUIS, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- A Missouri man facing an extortion charge is sticking by his allegations that a Roman Catholic monk exposed himself to him.
Steven Gillispie, 45, told the St. Louis (Mo.) Post-Dispatch that he made up a rape allegation only after the monk's order failed to pay him off over what Gillispie said was a flashing incident that actually took place.
"Out of retaliation and of being crazy and stupid, I did a very stupid thing," Gillispie said from the Jefferson County jail.
The Post-Dispatch said Wednesday that Gillispie, who is himself on parole for sexual assault on a child, was arrested after informing the head of the Society of Our Mother of Peace that the monk had allegedly attacked Gillespie's 5-year-old son. The boy, however, did not exist.
A spokesman for the St. Louis archdiocese told the newspaper that the voices of two callers claiming to be the boy's teacher and psychologist sounded suspiciously like Gillispie.