Sunday, June 28, 2009

Oh...My...Gawd------A Naked Man, Blindfold the Children, and Grandmother, Too!

Naked man riles Ashlanders
June 02, 2009

A man in his 70s who has been walking naked in Ashland for about three weeks has disturbed some residents but is not breaking any laws, police said.

Ashland Police Chief Terry Holderness declined to release the man's name, but did say that the man told police he is visiting Ashland from the Bay Area.

"To the best of our knowledge he's never violated any public indecency laws," Holderness said Monday.

Oregon does not have laws restricting nudity, but the city requires people to cover their genitals in the downtown area, he said.

Since mid-May, police have received several calls each week about the man, Holderness added.

On Friday afternoon Pamela Osa, a crossing guard for Ashland School District, asked a friend to call the police after the man appeared at the intersection of Siskiyou Boulevard and Walker Avenue as elementary school children were walking home.

A young girl about to cross the street burst into tears after seeing the man, Osa said.

"This little girl is going to be scarred for life," she said, adding that the girl's mother and grandmother were also upset about what the girl witnessed.

The incident reminded both Osa and Holderness of the arrival last summer of "the naked lady," Jennifer Moss, they said. Moss paraded around downtown wearing only a hemp G-string — and less elsewhere in the city.

Parents who think their children could be upset if they see a naked person should discuss the matter with their kids, Holderness said.

"People need to educate their children," he said. "We ran into exactly the same thing last year."

— Ashland Daily Tidings

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