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.
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.