A 23-year-old man was allegedly spotted urinating on the Holy Family Church at 320 12th Street, according to a Columbus police arrest report.
Represented by Columbus public defender Charles Lykins, William Edward Gentle of Columbus pleaded not guilty to one count of public indecency in Recorder's Court today at 2 p.m.
Cpl. Ray Mills said he was working security at the church when he spotted a man walking in the area. Because Mills didn't recognize the man (who was later identified as Gentle) as a church member, he decided to follow him, according to the officer's testimony.
As Mills was walking toward the suspect, a woman told the officer at about 9:20 a.m. that she saw a stranger urinate on the Holy Family Church about 2 feet away from the entrance. At the time of the indecent exposure, children were outside of the building, police said.
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The corporal officer said he witnessed Gentle place his private parts back inside of his pants while standing near a puddle of urine.
When questioned about the incident, the defendant said he "couldn't hold it anymore," according to Mills' testimony.
Gentle was arrested Sunday outside of the Church, according to a report. Mills said he did not detect the odor of alcohol on the suspect.
"He may have had a rough night, but he didn't have rough morning," the officer said.