Neighbors Upset About Naked Man Outside Home


UPDATED: Wednesday July 9, 2014 11:55 PM

Residents of a southwest Columbus neighborhood said a man has been exposing himself in an area with hundreds of schoolchildren nearby.

Those residents said it's been happening near Frank Rd. in a neighborhood that lies partially in Columbus and partially in Franklin Township.

"I just couldn't believe it," said Connie Louden.

She said it all began about 15 years ago when the man started wearing a thong in his front yard.

She said he eventually stopped wearing anything below the waist.

10TV is not naming the man because he has not been officially charged with a crime.

"I have yelled at times to get pants on and other people in that area have too," Louden said.

She and others in the neighborhood said it was obvious the man knows how he was behaving.

"He had a big smile at times and it was just so disgusting," Louden said.

The neighbors said their biggest concern with the alleged nudity was the fact that three schools sit within a one-mile radius of the man's home.

"Obviously with kids in the area, things of that nature, we need to get this resolved as quickly as we can," said Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott.

Scott said his deputies responded to the complaints Wednesday and reported Alzheimer's or dementia could be at play.

"We have made contact with family members to let them know the severity of the situation, that it's increased and the problem which it is creating within the neighborhood," Scott said.

But Louden doubts the possible role of recent mental illness in the man's behavior because it has been going on for so many years.

She just hopes Wednesday's visit by deputies means it will finally stop.

"It's just totally uncalled for," she said. "If he's sick, get him help. Don't let him be on the street. Put him in jail."

10TV knocked on the man's door for comment but no one answered.

His family was also not available for comment.

Sheriff Scott said the investigation will likely end up being referred to the prosecutor's office.

***WEB EXTRA***

Here is a look at how public indecency is defined under Ohio Revised Code:

2907.09 Public indecency.

(A)

No person shall recklessly do any of the following, under circumstances in which the person's conduct is likely to be viewed by and affront others who are in the person's physical proximity and who are not members of the person's household:

(1)

Expose the person's private parts;

(2)

Engage in sexual conduct or masturbation;

(3)

Engage in conduct that to an ordinary observer would appear to be sexual conduct or masturbation.

(B)

No person shall knowingly do any of the following, under circumstances in which the person's conduct is likely to be viewed by and affront another person who is a minor, who is not the spouse of the offender, and who resides in the person's household:

(1)

Engage in masturbation;

(2)

Engage in sexual conduct;

(3)

Engage in conduct that to an ordinary observer would appear to be sexual conduct or masturbation;

(4)

Expose the person's private parts with the purpose of personal sexual arousal or gratification or to lure the minor into sexual activity.

(C)

(1)

Whoever violates this section is guilty of public indecency and shall be punished as provided in divisions (C)(2), (3), (4), and (5) of this section.

(2)

Except as otherwise provided in division (C)(2) of this section, a violation of division (A)(1) of this section is a misdemeanor of the fourth degree. If the offender previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to one violation of this section, a violation of division (A)(1) of this section is a misdemeanor of the third degree or, if any person who was likely to view and be affronted by the offender's conduct was a minor, a misdemeanor of the second degree. If the offender previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to two violations of this section, a violation of division (A)(1) of this section is a misdemeanor of the second degree or, if any person who was likely to view and be affronted by the offender's conduct was a minor, a misdemeanor of the first degree. If the offender previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to three or more violations of this section, a violation of division (A)(1) of this section is a misdemeanor of the first degree or, if any person who was likely to view and be affronted by the offender's conduct was a minor, a felony of the fifth degree.

(3)

Except as otherwise provided in division (C)(3) of this section, a violation of division (A)(2) or (3) of this section is a misdemeanor of the third degree. If the offender previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to one violation of this section, a violation of division (A)(2) or (3) of this section is a misdemeanor of the second degree or, if any person who was likely to view and be affronted by the offender's conduct was a minor, a misdemeanor of the first degree. If the offender previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to two or more violations of this section, a violation of division (A)(2) or (3) of this section is a misdemeanor of the first degree or, if any person who was likely to view and be affronted by the offender's conduct was a minor, a felony of the fifth degree.

(4)

Except as otherwise provided in division (C)(4) of this section, a violation of division (B)(1), (2), or (3) of this section is a misdemeanor of the second degree. If the offender previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to one violation of this section, a violation of division (B)(1), (2), or (3) of this section is a misdemeanor of the first degree. If the offender previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to two or more violations of this section, a violation of division (B)(1), (2), or (3) of this section is a felony of the fifth degree.

(5)

Except as otherwise provided in division (C)(5) of this section, a violation of division (B)(4) of this section is a misdemeanor of the first degree. If the offender previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to any violation of this section, a violation of division (B)(4) of this section is a felony of the fifth degree.

Effective Date: 07-01-1996; 09-26-2005; 04-04-2007

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