Man Arrested After Washing Genitals in Park Drinking Fountain

He was charged with misuse of a drinking fountain, indecent exposure and disorderly conduct

By Cathy Rainone
|  Friday, Jul 27, 2012  |  Updated 10:19 AM EDT
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A 40-year old man was arrested in Portland on Monday for allegedly washing his genitals in a park drinking fountain while kids played close by.

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A 40-year old man, who was arrested in Portland, Ore. on Monday for allegedly washing his genitals in a park drinking fountain while kids played close by, said he was just trying to take a quick bath, according to KGW.com.

Jamie Todd Henseler tried to talk to kids and throw a water balloon at them in Couch Park on Monday, a witness told Portland police. He then began to undress, according to a police bureau spokesman St. Pete Simpson and started washing his genitals.

“He was bathing in the drinking fountain and had his pants down around his ankles and he was totally exposing himself," witness Michale Koopman told KGW.com "Once I saw that I asked the teacher to bring the kids inside."

Hensler was apprehended and booked into the Multnomah County Jail according to The Oregonian, which first reported the story. He was charged with misuse of a drinking fountain, indecent exposure and disorderly conduct, The Oregonian reported. He was also banned from the park.

Hensler was due in court on Wednesday, but did not show up, so a warrant was issued for his arrest, according to KGW.com. A KGW reporter tracked him at the same park on Wednesday and questioned him about the charges.

"I was arrested because I was taking a bath in and washing up in the fountain because no one cares about me,” Hensler told KGW.com. “They took my housing, took away my medical and social security.”

According to The Oregonian, Hensler is due in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Aug. 3 in connection to a separate incident on June 23 where he is accused of assault, harassment, disorderly conduct and recklessly endangering another person. He has pleaded not guilty to those accusations, according to The Oregonian.
 

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