Arrest warrant issued for Utah nude sunbather

Thursday , December 04, 2014 - 2:00 PM

By LORETTA PARK Standard-Examiner staff

FARMINGTON --- A warrant has been issued for a man who police said sunbathed in the nude in his backyard next to a church. 

Judge David Connors issued a $5,000 warrant for the arrest of Myron Lee Kipp, 77, who failed to appear for two court hearings. 

Kipp, of Farmington, is charged with four counts of lewdness involving a child and three counts of lewdness, all misdemeanors.

A one-day jury trial was scheduled for Nov. 10, but was canceled on Nov. 4. Kipp was ordered to appear for a court hearing scheduled on Nov. 25. Kipp did not show for that hearing. A bench warrant was issued, but another hearing was scheduled for Tuesday to give Kipp to show up in court. He did not. 

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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