The crime carries a sentence of six months to three years in prison but Clark, age 39, received a three-year prison sentence which the court suspended and 3 years supervised probation. He was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.
The two women, 23-year-old Melissa Cheng and Mindy Dixon, 41, were also booked on the same count as Clark, which police justified by alleging the “obscene acts occurred on the altar, which is clearly visible from the street.” (photo above shows the priest and the 2 women after they were arrested)
The two women arrested with Clark pled guilty to misdemeanor counts of institutional vandalism, and received two years probation.
The archdiocese announced it had suspended Clark from ministry the day after he was arrested.
At the time of the arrest, Archbishop Archbishop Gregory Michael Aymond of New Orleans said: "Regarding Travis, his obscene behavior was deplorable his desecration of the altar in the church was demonic and I am infuriated by his actions. When the details became clear, we had the altar removed and burned. I will consecrate a new altar tomorrow."