Man caught masturbating in park, blames groundhog 

Robert McCoy, a man reportedly on the sex offender registry has now been accused of public masturbation in a park. McCoy, however, insists there is a misunderstanding and blames the entire situation on a groundhog.

An unidentified victim told police Thursday evening that a man was following her and another individual around a park, watching them playing, with his pants down and privates exposed. She also described a sexual hand motion to explain what McCoy was doing with his hands.

 The 53 year old McCoy however, told police it was all a misunderstanding when they apprehended him later that evening, according to an arrest citation.

He said was urinating in the area a groundhog  “startled” him and he turned away quickly — causing his pants to fall down and possibly exposing himself to a passersby.

The arrest citation lists the incident location as 2375 Lannan Park Road, in Lannan Memorial Park. Police documents say it took place at 5:15 p.m. Thursday. He was arrested at 6:30 p.m. that day.

McCoy is charged with first-degree sexual abuse and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Aug. 21.

The sex offender registry lists offenses by a Robert McCoy that include first-degree sexual abuse, attempted first-degree rape and attempted first-degree sodomy. 

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