msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 12/13/2010 6:19:05 PM ET 2010-12-13T23:19:05

A man caught naked in a south Mississippi church cemetery says he was trying to take photographs of spirit orbs.

Robert Hurst tells The Picayune Item newspaper that he shed his clothes because he believes skin is the best canvas to show spirits' orbs of energy.

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The 47-year-old says he intended to remove only his shirt, but he took off all his clothes — a move he now calls "stupid."

Authorities had set up a motion-activated camera to try to catch vandals. Shane Tucker, the chief deputy in Pearl River County, says Hurst is not accused of vandalism, but the camera caught an unexpected image of Hurst naked.

Hurst faces a misdemeanor charge of indecent exposure. He posted $500 bond after turning himself in Friday.

Hurst told The Item he has had enough of orb pictures, and cemeteries, to lay his hobby to rest.

“No, I don’t think I’ll be going into a cemetery, even clothed,” Hurst told The Item.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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