Naked violin player arrested in downtown Portland

Naked violin player arrested in downtown Portland

Naked violin player arrested in downtown Portland

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by KGW Staff, Associated Press

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Posted on May 24, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Updated Saturday, May 24 at 5:43 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A naked man playing violin in front of a downtown Portland courthouse refused to walk to a squad car under his own power and had to be carried by police.

Police say they aren't sure of the man's identity. He told them his name is Matthew T. Mglej and that he is 25 years old, according to Sgt. Pete Simpson of Portland police.

The man was jailed under the Portland city code forbidding indecent exposure.

According to Simpson, the City Code states: "It is unlawful for any person to expose his or her genitalia while in a public place or place visible from a public place, if the public place is open or available to persons of the opposite sex."

Simpson say they warned the man numerous times about his "lack of attire," but say he refused to dress himself or leave public view.

City police refrain from enforcing the indecent-exposure code during Portland's World Naked Bike Ride, which draws about 8,000 riders each year, as long as participants keep to the ride route.

 

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