Man arrested for stripping, performing lewd act in Spirit of Life Church’s holy water fountain

MANDAN, N.D. - A man is behind bars after officers say he was naked at a church and performed a lewd act Tuesday morning.

The Mandan Police Department says officers arrested 21-year-old Zachary Burdick at Spirit of Life Church after administrators called about a man exposing himself.

Spokesperson Lori Flaten says Burdick had been asked to leave the church earlier in the morning because he was going around with The Book of Mormon trying to bless people and talk to them.

The church tells police Burdick came back, stripped down and got into the holy water fountain.

Officers say Burdick got out of the fountain and went down the aisle of the church performing a lewd act.

Police say Burdick was arrested for ingestion of methamphetamine and criminal mischief because the church will have to drain the fountain and bless it again. Plus indecent exposure because not only were there people around during the incident, but there’s a preschool inside the church.

No charges have been posted yet.