Colo. priest who jogged naked pleads not guilty
GREELEY, Colorado ” A Catholic priest charged with indecent exposure after jogging naked in the pre-dawn darkness has pleaded not guilty and asked for a jury trial.
The Rev. Robert Whipkey was arrested June 22 in Frederick after an officer saw him walking on a street naked at 4:35 a.m. Whipkey told police he jogged naked because he sweats profusely if he wears clothing, according an arrest report.
Whipkey did not speak at a hearing on Tuesday. Neither he nor his attorneys would comment afterward.
His trial is scheduled for March 25-26 in Weld County.
Whipkey served parishes in Frederick, Mead and Erie but was placed on administrative leave by the Archdiocese of Denver in August.
The archdiocese said Whipkey was investigated for “inappropriate personal behavior” more than eight years ago when he was a pastor in Sterling. The archdiocese said that incident did not involve “physical or sexual contact with another individual” but it gave no other details.
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