Police charged a northwest Columbus man with criminal mischief for allegedly planning to collect young boys' urine and drink it.
Alan Patton was recently spotted in restrooms at Sports Ohio two weeks ago, 10TV's Glenn McEntyre reported.
According to a police report obtained by 10TV News, Patton, 56, the female employee recognized him as the same man she saw the previous week "putting Saran Wrap on toilets and cups in urinals."
The employee called police and found Patton walking out of a restroom stall with a black duffle bag, McEntyre reported.
Patton told investigators that he was not hurting anyone and that he suffers from an illness.
Police said that Patton did not have contact with any boys during the incident but was at the complex at least twice over the past couple weeks.
Patton, a registered sex offender, posted bond and faces the misdemeanor charge, 10TV's Andy Hirsch reported.
In 1994, Patton pleaded guilty to a charge of gross sexual imposition against an 8-year-old boy. He served four years in prison and was labeled a sex offender.
Then, in 2006, Patton was caught at a Gahanna movie theater and was accused of watching little boys urinate. Police said that Patton admitted to collecting boys' urine and even paid them for it. Patton was charged with voyeurism, McEntyre reported.
Police said that Patton would turn the water to the urinals off, place a cup inside and then collect the urine after a boy went to the bathroom.
"It's just devastating," said a Dublin mother of four, who requested anonymity. The woman said that instead of allowing her 9-year-old son to use a public restroom by himself, she will take him in the women's room with her.
The mother said she wanted her son to see Patton's picture.
"I told him, 'I know you get very upset when I don't let you go in the bathroom by yourself. This is why. There's this man that's waiting in there for little boys to do terrible things to them.'" the mother said.
10TV News reached Patton at his home Sunday but he declined comment.
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