Reverend Banned from Jail

Allegedly made derogatory comments about jailers

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    Holy banishment!

    A minister has been prohibited from the Peoria County Jail after making "inappropriate" comments about jailers, authorities said.

    Perhaps he told them to go to, um, heck.

    Reverend A.J. Guyton, 73, reportedly made some "derogatory" remarks about the guards during a Sunday afternoon church service held at the jail on July 11. Both correctional officers and inmates complained to jail officials, reports the AP.

    "We felt some of the reverend's comments were not religious in orientation or nature and do not follow his charge, which is to preach the gospel and help inmates with their religion," Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy told the Journal Star.

    The sheriff declined to say exactly what the clergyman's comments were. It is also not clear when—or even if—Guyton will be allowed to return.

    The reverend has held services at the jail for over 25 years.

    Matt Bartosik is a Chicago native and a social media sovereign.