Farmington nude sunbather, 76, heads to trial

Tuesday , August 12, 2014 - 1:33 PM

FARMINGTON --  A jury may get the chance to decide if a man could legally sunbathe in the nude in his backyard.

Myron Lee Kipp, 76, of Farmington appeared in 2nd District Court on Tuesday. He entered not guilty pleas to four counts of lewdness involving a child and three counts of lewdness, all misdemeanors.

A pretrial conference is scheduled for Oct. 14, and a one-day jury trial is scheduled for Nov. 10.

According to the probable cause statement filed in 2nd District Court on July 8, Farmington police were called to investigate a man “sunbathing nude in his backyard” on March 5.

When the officer arrived at the Farmington address, he pulled into an adjacent church parking lot and was able to see the man and his genitalia, according to the document. The officer contacted one of the witnesses, who told the officer, he, his wife, their two children, and another woman with her two children had all seen the man and his genitalia from the church parking lot.

The man’s yard “is fenced, however the fence is chain link with no privacy slats,” according to the document. “The fence offers no privacy from the church or the neighbors.”

When the police officer approached the man, who was identified as Kipp, he told the officer, “he was sunbathing and that it was his property and he could do it if he wanted,” according to the document.

“The suspect was completely nude when I approached him,” the officer wrote.

Contact reporter Loretta Park at 801-625-4252 or lpark@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @LorettaParkSE. Like her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SELorettaPark.

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