|Priest Caught Naked Pleads Not Guilty to Indecent Exposure
Robert Whipkey Told Cops He Had Been Jogging
By Ginger Delgado
December 19, 2007
A Catholic priest who was busted for jogging naked in the town of Frederick has pleaded not guilty to indecent exposure.
Father Robert Whipkey, 54, of Saint Teresa's parish, was also slapped with a mandatory restraining order against the Frederick police officer who found him naked. In addition to that, the judge also ordered him to get fingerprinted.
Whipkey arrived in court without saying a word accompanied by two lawyers.
It was June 22 when Whipkey was caught walking down a street naked. He told police he had been jogging around the track at Frederick high school at 4:30 in the morning, in the nude.
It was still dark at the time and he told police he "didn't think anyone would be around." The officer cited Whipkey with indecent exposure.
His excuse was that he "sweats profusely and didn't want to wear any clothing while he ran."
The Archdiocese placed Whipkey on administrative leave
This wasn't the first complaint against him.
Eight years ago, in Sterling, Whipkey was caught shaving naked at a summer camp for boys. The archdiocese responded to those concerns too, but he was never disciplined or criminally charged.
Neither Whipkey nor his attorneys would comment on the current case.
Whipkey will stand trial on March 25th at the Weld County Courthouse in Greeley. His trial is expected to last two days.
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