Police: Naked man answered door to trick-or-treaters

2012-11-01T08:30:00Z 2012-12-03T15:05:46Z Police: Naked man answered door to trick-or-treatersBy JEFF REINITZ, jeff.reinitz@wcfcourier.com Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

WATERLOO, Iowa --- Trick-or-treaters to one Waterloo man’s home found a cruel trick when they tried to get a treat Wednesday night, according to police

Officers were called to 534 Archer Ave. after receiving complaints that the resident was answering the door naked. One of the callers had a 9-year-old daughter who witnessed it, police records indicate.

When police pulled up, the porch light was on, the blinds were raised and the interior lights to allow a full view inside house. Through the window, they could see a naked man sitting by a front window, according to the police report.

There was also a container with candy outside.

When police knocked, the resident opened the door completely naked, according to the police report. When he saw officer, the man attempted to duck back inside but was detained.

Police arrested Thomas Leo Oconnell, 58, for indecent exposure, a misdemeanor. He was later released from jail after posting bond.

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  1. KennyG
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    KennyG - November 06, 2012 2:02 am
    Hopefully a lesson learned. Don't dress up as The Emperor for Halloween.
  2. IowaHawk1969
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    IowaHawk1969 - November 04, 2012 2:24 am
    I will also tell you this Amy you should advise his family to get him whatever help they can soon. If I was taking my daughter tho this house and some guy was naked answering the door or just being seen inside the house through the window. He would have been hurt. No offense.
  3. IowaHawk1969
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    IowaHawk1969 - November 04, 2012 2:22 am
    I just love it when people get all picky about a minor spelling error or typo. I would think 99 out of 100 people would have read this and knew exactly what she meant.
  4. nerdgirl
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    nerdgirl - November 03, 2012 7:03 am
    Amy, I'm sure these comments are very upsetting to your friend. I am familiar with Huntington's disease, it's a cruel, horrible disease. I ask you this though, what kind of sympathy and compassion do you feel towards the children and families who saw this man naked? They were out for a night of fun and were traumatized. This situation goes beyond your friend's feelings.
  5. AmyM
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    AmyM - November 02, 2012 5:36 pm
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001775/
    Have you ever had to place your parent in a home? If you have you should know how hard of a decision it is to make. If you haven't, then you really wouldn't understand. He was only diagnosed a couple of years ago. His children are fairly young and are still trying to figure this out. I'm sure adjustments will be made in his living arrangements and by no means is anyone saying what he did was right, but your comments are very hurtful to my friend and her family. It is hard enough that this family is faced with this horrible disease.

    Thank you,
    Amy Medhaug.
  6. nerdgirl
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    nerdgirl - November 01, 2012 8:19 pm
    If he didn't think he was doing anything wrong, why did he try to hide from the police when they came to his door?
  7. Tam
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    Tam - November 01, 2012 6:33 pm
    Thanks AmyM. Also I know this man and he is not what the report makes him out to be.So while reading this just know that he does in fact suffer from Huntington's Disease and was totally unaware of what he was doing.
  8. AmyM
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    AmyM - November 01, 2012 6:23 pm
    *Huntington's disease*
  9. Gottaspeak
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    Gottaspeak - November 01, 2012 4:22 pm
    Don't you mean Huntington's Disease? And if so, why does he not have someone living with him or him being somewhere that is not only safe for the public but safe for him too?
  10. AmyM
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    AmyM - November 01, 2012 3:20 pm
    This is my best friends father who sufffers from Hunting's Disease. Hes not a pedophile. He was unaware of what he was doing was wrong. Please be respectful. What if your family suffered from this disease?
  11. reojoe
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    reojoe - November 01, 2012 2:58 pm
    Adds a whole other level to the phrase, "Trick or treat," eh?
  12. jgerloff
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    jgerloff - November 01, 2012 2:11 pm
    no manners and then they wonder why we carry cell phone mace and a gun while trick or treating
  13. purplecat
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    purplecat - November 01, 2012 11:25 am
    Ewww......now THAT'S scary!!!!
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