Pastor Fined $1,000 for Rebuking Lewd Woman

Recently in Wisconsin's Dane County Circuit Court, Judge Paul Higginbotham fined Pastor Ralph Ovadal $1,000 for rebuking a lewd-acting woman on the parking lot of the state-run Mazomanie nude beach and preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to her. The judge also added court costs to the fine, but declined to put Pastor Ovadal in jail, for fear it would make him a "martyr." The pastor's "victim," Nancy J. Erickson, had sought the maximum possible fine ($1,000), jail time, and then probation.