By Elizabeth Dinan
August 16, 2010 12:08 PM
PORTSMOUTH — A Milton Mills man was convicted of indecent exposure Monday for being naked in a Congress Street restaurant and streaking through an area of Market Square.
“I'm a free-spirited individual and sometimes it gets me in trouble,” said Sheehan Lygren, 22, of 11 Carleton Road, after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of indecent assault and resisting arrest.
Portsmouth police: Naked man nabbed downtown
Lygren's pleas were his admission to being naked on July 12 when he went into the downtown restaurant, then led officer Brian Houde on a foot chase on Court and Chestnut streets and through the Vaughn Mall.
During Monday's District Court hearing, prosecutor Rena DiLando said Houde was on foot patrol when he heard “a commotion” then saw a while man with braids running naked. Houde twice ordered Lygren to stop and injured his leg during the pursuit, said DiLando.
Police said Lygren was found hiding in a trash bin near a downtown hotel.
For his conviction on the indecent exposure charge, Lygren was fined $1,000 with half suspended pending a year of good behavior. He was also ordered to have no contact with the downtown restaurant and to write the restaurant owner a letter of apology within 30 days.
For the resisting arrest conviction, Lygren was given a 30-day jail sentence which is suspended for a year providing he remains of good behavior and writes a letter of apology to Officer Houde.
After the court hearing, Lygren told the Herald his streaking was in protest of working conditions at the restaurant where he was previously employed until the day of his naked run. He said he did it “on a dare” and has since received a letter of support from a stranger who read about his arrest.
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