Man accused of committing sex act in Louisville park blames groundhog

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say a man who was caught committing a sex act and exposing himself in an area park had an unusual excuse for his actions.

According to an arrest report, the incident took place on Thursday, just after 5 p.m., at Lannan Memorial Park, near the McAlpine Locks and Dam.

Police say they were sent to that location after someone reported a man was engaging in a sex act by himself in the bushes. When officers arrived, they say the suspect, 53-year-old Robert McCoy, drove away on a moped. He was later seen driving westbound on a walking trail.

Police say a witness identified him and officers stopped him near the intersection of N. 30th Street and Montgomery Street. 

According to a woman, who was one of the alleged victims, McCoy was following her and others, watching them playing in the park and making motions consistent with a sex act. When the woman turned to face him, she says McCoy's pants were down and his private area was exposed.

When police confronted McCoy about the allegations, he said he had an explanation, according to the arrest report. Police say he told them he was urinating, when his pants fell down. That's when, he said, he was surprised by a groundhog which caused him to expose himself.

Police arrested him and charged him with first-degree sexual abuse, a felony. He is currently being held in Louisville Metro Corrections.

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