Kentucky Man Caught Masturbating In Public Park Blames Entire Incident On Groundhog

Published August 14, 2017
Updated February 1, 2019

Registered sex offender Robert McCoy offered officers a strange explanation for his behavior at a Louisville park last week.

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Kentucky police have arrested a man accused of masturbating in a public park before blaming the incident on a groundhog.

An unidentified victim told police that, on the evening of August 10, Robert McCoy followed her and another person around Louisville’s Lannan Memorial Park with his genitals exposed as he pleasured himself, reports the Louisville Courier-Journal.

After police arrived on the scene, McCoy sped away on a moped, writes local WDRB news, only to be caught later that evening.

And once caught, McCoy offered officers an unusual explanation for the incident. According to the arrest citation, the Courier-Journal states that McCoy told officers that “he was peeing in the area… when his pants fell down. A groundhog then ‘startled’ him and he turned away quickly — possibly exposing himself to passersby.”

Nevertheless, police have charged McCoy — a registered sex offender, according to the Courier-Journal — with first-degree sexual abuse, an offense that carries a prison sentence of between one and five years. Prior offenses that landed McCoy on the registry include first-degree sexual abuse, attempted first-degree rape, and attempted first-degree sodomy.

Now, he’ll report to court for a preliminary hearing regarding his latest offense on August 21.

Next, read about the man who just recently masturbated onto a 13-year-old at “Pittsburgh’s Best Amusement Park For Kids and Families.”

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