Columbus man's fetish earns jail, house arrest
Saturday, March 19, 2011 03:07 AM
DELAWARE, Ohio - A Columbus man who has a fetish for drinking urine will spend 30 days in jail and then five years on house arrest, a judge ruled yesterday.
Alan David Patton, 59, of the Northwest Side, was acquitted last month of collecting urine from a public bathroom in Lewis Center but was found guilty of criminal mischief by Delaware Municipal Court Judge David P. Sunderman.
It was the latest in a series of bathroom-related crimes for Patton. Assistant City Prosecutor Joseph E. Schmansky detailed Patton's criminal history, dating to 1978, which included charges of voyeurism, public indecency, criminal mischief and ****.
Schmansky requested five years of house arrest for Patton, pointing to his unwillingness to attend court-ordered counseling after earlier convictions.
"I'm not certain jail time is going to do the trick for him," Schmansky said. "It seems like what Mr. Patton really wants to do is just do the jail term and then get out and do it again."
Sunderman agreed with the prosecution, sentencing Patton to 30 days in jail and fining him $250. The jail time will be followed by five years of house arrest with electronic monitoring. He will not be allowed to use any public bathrooms. The judge said it's likely that Patton will re-offend, and house arrest is the only way to try to prevent that.
Patton said he was in the restroom only to use the bathroom, not to collect urine.
"It would appear from my history that's what I was doing, but I wasn't," he said.
Patton was in the Lewis Center Burger King bathroom for nearly an hour on Oct. 29, said an off-duty Delaware County deputy who encountered him. A toilet was filled with seat liners and toilet paper and couldn't be flushed, the deputy testified. Later, the obstruction was cleared and the bathroom smelled strongly of urine.
Patton was labeled a sex offender and spent 41/2 years in prison after fondling a boy while trying to collect urine at Magic Mountain Fun Center on the Far East Side in 1993. He spent 60 days in jail in 2009 after being caught collecting urine at SportsOhio in Dublin and found guilty of criminal mischief.
Authorities were frustrated at the time that he could be convicted only of criminal mischief and was sentenced to the maximum 60 days in jail. State lawmakers enacted a law making it a first-degree misdemeanor, carrying a six-month maximum term, to collect any bodily substances without consent and for nonmedical purposes.
"Members of every community should be able to enter any restroom facility in the community and feel relatively safe, comfortable and protected," Sunderman told Patton. "And that's unfortunately not the case necessarily with you."
The Columbus Dispatch