Man who walked naked at UMass 4 years ago settles case

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Published: 11/29/2016 12:17:19 AM

BELCHERTOWN — A 26-year-old man settled a disorderly conduct charge on Monday that stemmed from him walking around Amherst naked more than four years ago.

Jarrett Kellerman was arrested by University of Massachusetts police on April 29, 2012 after he was spotted walking along Commonwealth Avenue completely naked. At the time of the incident, Kellerman lived in Providence, Rhode Island.

University police were directing traffic for an electronic dance music (EDM) concert at the Mullins Center when they saw Kellerman, UMass spokesman Edward Blaguszewski wrote in an email.

Kellerman was not forthcoming with police about why he was naked, according to Blaguszewski. Kellerman could not be reached for comment Monday.

A number of people stopped, stared, pointed and “appeared to be in disbelief at the naked man,” UMass Police Officer David Leuschner wrote in court documents.

Kellerman was arrested following the incident and charged with disorderly conduct for “purposefully causing a pubic annoyance and alarm by creating a physically offensive condition by walking around a public event completely naked with this action having no legitimate purpose,” Leuschner wrote.

The charge was converted from a criminal charge to a civil infraction. The case had been in default, with a warrant issued, since the end of April 2012. Kellerman somehow found out about the warrant and came in to remove it, Mary Carey, a spokeswoman for the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, wrote in an email.

He was ordered to pay a $50 fine in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown, according to court documents, and the case is now closed.

Emily Cutts can be reached for comment at ecutts@gazettenet.com


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