POLICE BEAT

Hermon flasher at it again, police say

Posted Aug. 23, 2011, at 11:16 p.m.

HERMON, Maine — A local man with a penchant for being naked continues to keep Penobscot Count Sheriff’s Department deputies busy.

Deputies have been dealing with complaints about Stephen Thibodeau nearly every summer since at least 2004, when Deputy Jay Hallett became a Hermon patrol officer, Hallett said Tuesday. The common thread tying the incidents together is that they occur when temperatures hit the 80 degree mark and after Thidobeau has been drinking, Hallett said.

Some summers have been relatively quiet, others not so much.

This year, however, deputies have been sent to Thibodeau’s home near the Carmel town line more than half a dozen times since mid-June to look into reports that he had exposed his buttocks, genitals or both.

“This has got to be the worst year so far,” Hallett said.

Three of those incidents have resulted in arrest, once for indecent conduct, another time for disorderly conduct and a third time for violating his bail conditions. One episode was captured on a county cruiser camera.

Deputies were back at Thibodeau’s Route 2 residence in recent days after receiving more complaints on Friday, Saturday and Monday, Hallett said.

Deputy Derek Hersey was sent to Thibodeau’s home about 6 p.m. Friday after a passerby reported that he was bent over wearing nothing but socks outside his home. Thibodeau was nowhere to be seen when Hersey arrived and no charges were filed, Hallett said.

The next day at 3:42 p.m., Deputy Peter Garland went to Thidodeau’s house after a passerby reported having seen “a man naked on his lawn having his own little party,” Hallett said, reading the complainant’s quote from a report.

Thibodeau, who was clothed by the time the patrol officer arrived, was summoned for disorderly conduct, Hallett said.

On Monday, it was Hallett’s turn again. He said he was sent to Thibodeau’s home after he “mooned” a passing motorist shortly before 7 p.m. The motorist, who kept going, reported the incident to Deputy Garrit McKee, who patrols the Carmel area. He relayed the information to county dispatchers, who contacted Hallett.

Hallett said Thibodeau was wearing black underwear and drinking a 40-ounce beer when he arrived. Hallett said he gave Thibodeau a verbal warning but did not charge him.

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