Bishop Larry Trotter of Chicago found himself in hot water yesterday after an Instagram photo of him and his granddaughter taking a bubble bath went viral. The preacher called the John Hannah Morning Show to defend himself, the the International Business News reported.
Trotter was horrified that people "called [him] everything from a child molester to a pedophile, to a nasty old man" after a photo of him and his four-year-old granddaughter appeared on Instagram. He said his family came to visit him at his home. His granddaughter saw him in the tub and after begging to get in with her "Popo", her mother put her in swim trunks, Trotter put on his trunks and they enjoyed the bath. The child's mother snapped the photo and another family member posted it to his Instagram.
The senior preacher at Sweet Holy Spirit Church defended his actions as completely innocent, saying:
"I know some people have never bathed with their kids, but when I was growing up we shared bathwater."
Trotter said he was shocked that people had been so nasty about the photo and that the public outcry—with some going as far as demanding child protective services get involved—has hurt his family. He's since suspended his Facebook and Instagram accounts.