Social conservative and prominent anti-gay protester Rev. Grant Storms was arrested Friday in New Orleans on charges of lewd conduct.

Storms is known for his bullhorn protests of the city's annual Southern Decadence festival in the French Quarter. The festival is considered one of the world's largest gay-themed events.

Police arrested the 53-year-old Storms after two women reported him masturbating in the driver's seat of his van near a park playground, The Times-Picayune first reported.

Storms was “looking at the playground area that contained children playing, with his zipper down,” one of the women told deputies.

Southern Decadence draws tens of thousands to New Orleans for a gay party that lasts the entire Labor Day weekend.

Storms and his followers have attempted to shut down the festival. In 2003, he organized a march in opposition of the event, which he called “nasty” and “depraved.” Storms and his followers picketed the festival with signs that read “Adam & Eve NOT Adam & Steve” and loud protests amplified with bullhorns.

Sergeant Larry Dyess, a spokesman for the Sheriff's office, told WWL Radio that Storms originally told deputies that he was simply urinating in a bottle but later confessed to investigators that he was masturbating inside his van.

Dyess added that Storms, who was arrested on an obscenity charge, was released from jail on Sunday.