Melbourne, Nov 15 : A Melbourne priest has been convicted of wilful exposure after being caught sunbaking in a public park.
Father Wieslaw Pawlowski claimed that he was just following doctors' orders to get sun on severe burn scarring on his back.
He said that the doctors had advised him to sunbake for 20 minutes up to three times a week.
"The sun is good for my skin. I have to sunbake to stay healthy," the Daily Telegraph quoted him, as saying.
Two pairs of underwear - a pair of white briefs and a grey G-string - were offered as evidence against the priest.
Magistrate Janet Wahlquist found he was indeed naked in the park and that most people would find it "immoral and obscene" that a grown man was sunbaking naked in a park where children might play.
Pawlowski has been slapped with 400 dollars fine.
When approached by police in Miller Park on September 15 morning, last year, he was lying on his back on the lounge.
The court heard he saw the police and began to put on a pair of white underpants while still lying down.
Pawlowski also claimed he put the white pants over the top of a grey G-string he was already wearing.
However, he shot down the allegations that he was lying naked with his genitals exposed, insisting that as a priest it would have been against his principles.