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Rev. Robert Whipkey Arrested For Jogging Indecently

pope, by Alan Light @ FlickrJust before dawn, it’s a little over sixty degrees Fahrenheit. Not too bad for summertime in Colorado. Perfect jogging weather. You know it’s going to hit ninety today though, so you’d better get started. You’ve decided to loose a little bit of that midsection you’ve acquired over the years of your priestly duties.

Being a Catholic priest has few physical demands, and spending every day ministering to the needs of your parish, while important and necessary, is also sedentary. Time to get started here at the local high school track.

The cool mountain air is brisk on your face. It’s just a little uncomfortable on your hands, as well. Fortunately, you’re not sweating too much. That wouldn’t be pleasant.

You’re just finishing your second lap when the red and blue flashing lights appear, and tires squeal through the parking lot. Deputy Fife and his S.W.A.T. team of armed ninjas have you surrounded.

“Freeze!”

“Is there a problem officers?”

“Don’t you move you filthy pervert!”

Next thing y’know, you’re a registered sex offender.

On the AP wire at Lycos:

The Rev. Robert Whipkey told officers he had been running naked at a high school track and didn’t think anyone would be around at that time of day, a police report said.

He told officers he sweats profusely if he wears clothing while jogging. “I know what I did was wrong,” he said in the report.

From The Denver Post:

Frederick police busted the Rev. Robert Whipkey in June after an off-duty officer spotted him walking down the street naked at 4:30 in the morning. Whipkey told police he had been jogging at the Frederick High School track.

“I’m a heavy man, and wearing clothing while running makes me sweat profusely,” Whipkey said, according to a police report. “I know what I did was wrong.”

Whipkey was charged with a misdemeanor count of indecent exposure and could, if convicted, have to register as a sex offender. His attorney, Doug Tisdale, declined to comment.

Jesus H. Christ. Are you kidding me?

Is our society really that whacked out over sex and nudity that we’re going to register a Catholic Priest as a sex offender because he was out jogging in the buff?

The Catholic Church has some serious issues right now concerning the clergy and sexual predation, but this is not one of them.

Also from the article in the Post:

“I was thinking, ‘Man, my wife is getting up at about that time,”‘ said resident Jody Lucas. “It’s a little weird, especially for a Catholic priest.”

Lucas’ wife, Yolanda, said she often attends church at St. Theresa and said Whipkey seems like a nice person.

“I was kind of shocked,” she said.

But, she said priests are human. She plans to keep going to the church.

“I don’t go because of the father,” she said. “I go because of my religion. I’m not going to change my religion because the father made a mistake.”

Jerry Wright, who lives near the track, said based on Whipkey’s statements, he doesn’t think the priest should have to register as a sex offender if convicted.

“But I don’t even know why he would think about doing something like that,” Wright said.

What difference does it make, Mr. Wright? He wanted to drop a few pounds, and he wanted to do it in the raw. Was he bothering anyone? Would Mrs. Lucas have had a heart attack and died because she saw a naked overweight priest trying to do something good for his body?

Leave the guy alone, as far as we know he was doing exactly what he said he was doing. He was trying to lose a little weight.

From whence came the art:

That photograph is titled pope, by Alan Light.

Crossposted at SitPS

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19 Responses

  1. Infophile says:

    So now indecent exposure is a crime on the same magnitude as raping children according to the law? (Well, the legal punishments are different but the results of registering as a sex offender are the same.) Since when is nudity always related to sex? You’re born naked, you shower naked, you’re briefly naked when you change clothes, and some people just like to be naked. So how does being nude in public equate to a sexual crime?

  2. damewiggy says:

    I’m only slightly curious as to where he was hiding his rosary beads.

    yeah, i know — i’m going to hell.

  3. Jesus and the Jogging Shoes

    Just before dawn, it's a little over sixty degrees Fahrenheit. Not too bad for summertime in Colorado. Perfect jogging weather. You know it's going to hit ninety today though, so you'd better get started. You've decided to loose a little b

  4. […] Just before dawn, it’s a little over sixty degrees Fahrenheit. Not too bad for summertime in Colorado. Perfect jogging weather. You know it’s going to hit ninety today though, so you’d better get started. You’ve decided to loose a little bit of that midsection you’ve acquired over the years of your priestly duties. […]

  5. JanieBelle says:

    So how does being nude in public equate to a sexual crime?

    I’d like to know the answer to that question myself, Infophile.

    yeah, i know — i’m going to hell.

    See ya there, DameWigglyButt. I’ll bring the wine.

    Kisses to you both.

  6. max says:

    I do not think running about naked is on an equal par with child molestation.

    I also however do have to ask what grown man chooses to run naked on high school property? It is a school. A place of learning for children. Large naked men do not belong there. He is an adult. He knows this. And the statement wearing clothes makes him sweat does not sound on key to me. A pair of jogging shorts was going to make him sweat more? I find this highly doubtful.

  7. Martyne says:

    With you as usual Janie. Rearrange these words in to a well known phrase or saying. Teacup,Storm, A,In. Totally with you as well Infophile. It seems in this hysterical age that anything to do with sex, either real or perceived, gets hyped to the max. I’m no fan of the Catholic church, but this is not about religion. This is simply about someone who made an error of judgement. We all do that, from time to time. Cut him some slack. Sex offender? Give it a rest. I know Queen Victoria is dead, but her legacy seems to live on.

  8. Martyne says:

    You posted your comment max whilst I was still composing mine. Have to pick you up on something girl. I generally agree with you and think he made a big mistake, for an adult. But “A place of learning for children” seems irrelevant given that the incident happened at 4.30 am. Unless there is a sacrilegious element in this story for you.

  9. max says:

    The man’s vocation does not concern me. The location he chose does.

    If the guy had been running on a local jogging path, that would not be raising the red flags for me his choice of jogging naked at a high school does.

    Regardless of the hour, the location is a place of learning for minors. Sexual predators regularly choose school locations for explicit physical acts. And most sexual predators generally work their way up. Small acts leading to larger acts. Jogging around the high school track during early morning hours in the buff is a small act. But there is an intent factor inherent in choice of location there that is highly possible as well as disturbing, and a lack of reasoning skills apparent in the act that is astounding if it is really just about being uncomfortable in clothing while he jogs. Which I find highly unlikely.

  10. JanieBelle says:

    Well I’ve been feelin’ a little generous, and chose to give the guy the benefit of the doubt.

    Odd, but not deserving of Sex Offender registration.

    I do see your point though, Max.

  11. max says:

    Our alleged tenet of law is innocent until proven guilty.

    That is of course crap, if he were not a nice white elderly priest respected in the community he would be buried about now.

    One of the hardships of knowing and understanding patterns is that proof sitch. And the “until a crime has been committed you cannot do anything” sitch. I have stood listening while police explained to me, Merely saying he is coming back with his gun to kill everyone does not do it, only after he comes back with his gun and kills everyone can we act. And that is a massive problem with the criminal justice system. After people are dead, after they are injured, after they are damaged, maimed, or molested, you may act. Not before.

    I understand the impulse to look at this man and say, all he did was be naked.

    I also though know way too much about that impetus, in that venue, and where it usually goes, so for me? It is one more guy everyone will say was such a nice man, they just never saw it coming. When it was all there. Hell he was arrested running around naked on a high school campus. But no one wanted to see it. So no one did. Till it was way way too late.

    There are an awful lot of stories just like that.

  12. JanieBelle says:

    I’m hearing you Max.

    I wish there was a good answer to it all.

  13. Lulu Malone says:

    As a former child abuse investigator I can tell you this: sexual preditors engage in behavior that is known as “grooming behavior”–that is, they can often take years to prepare their victim(s) to accept their ever increasingly violating behavior by perpetrating it in a gradual manner.

    Many sexual preditors become aroused by locations or behaviors that don’t include physical contact with children, but merely proximity. They are nevertheless engaged sexually with children in their minds, and receive sexual gratification vicariously in this manner.

    One can argue that if a preditor never touches a child but is able to achieve his sexual gratification by just being around them, and stimulating himself in some manner, that no harm was actually done to the children as long as they were unaware. However, what makes one preditor escalate his behavior and another not is not known. Therefore, in order to protect children, a responsibility of society, preditors must be kept away from them.

    As for nudy priest, I can’t tell you how many molesters and abusers were defended to me by the statement “but he’s a good, Christian man.” Some of the most horrifying wounds and traumas purportrated on children that I saw were committed by the religious–often in the name of the religion.

    Clothing absorbs sweat, and can act as a wick to draw it away from the body. The man is full of shit. He was naked because it felt good, and he was at a high school because it was a high school. If it looks like a priest, and it smells like a priest, chances are it is a priest.

    If you want to get into the effects of celibacy, monotheism, and the demonization of women on pedophilia, that would be another discussion.

  14. Lulu Malone says:

    Oh, yea, one more thing. I would like to add that I have no problem with nudity. The human body had been demonized as well. Though, with all things of sense and rapture, prudence is often appropriate. On has to be thorough when exploring the importance or relevance of certain societal taboos. Some serve to oppress, others to protect.

  15. JanieBelle says:

    I’m pretty much with you Lulu, I just don’t want to see us start arresting people because we think they might be thinking about committing a crime.

    I’m all good with jogging naked, and the local schools have the only track in town, so were I to go jogging naked… I’d be arrested as a pedophile?

    I guess you can see where I’m going. Perhaps if public nudity were more common, we’d not have such an issue with it, and perhaps if we didn’t have such an issue with it, it’d be more common.

    You’ve got no argument here from me on the effects of Christianity on our public (lack of) sensibilities. It’s ironic, now that I think about it, that a member of the group responsible for our whacked out attitudes about public nudity has now become a victim of those attitudes.

    Again, my real issue here now I think is that the guy was arrested for something that shouldn’t be a crime on the basis that we as a society suspect he might be thinking about doing something there is no evidence he’s done. I for one am not comfortable with that. When law enforcement can arrest you for what they think you’re thinking, we’ve got a real problem.

  16. max says:

    You know jogging is not all that comfortable when you are wearing supportive clothing I do not even want to imagine what it would be like naked but that does not sound like fun to me.

  17. JanieBelle says:

    Y’know max, I hadn’t even thought about the bouncy bits.

    Maybe he should have worn a jock strap at least.

    😉

  18. max says:

    He is just lucky he did not run into any frisky house cats. Frisky house cats pounce bouncy things.

  19. Martyne says:

    I suppose inertia is the enemy of naked runners, whatever their gender!

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