Judge won’t reduce nude priest’s conviction
GREELEY, Colorado ” A Catholic priest is due to be sentenced in October after a Weld County District Court judge refused to downgrade the priest’s conviction of indecent exposure.
Rev. Robert Whipkey was found guilty in June of jogging nude around a track at a high school. He had said he didn’t think anyone would see him and that he took off his clothes because he sweats profusely when exercising.
Whipkey’s lawyer argued in court Monday that the conviction was unconstitutional and should be downgraded to public indecency. Attorney Harvey Steinberg said Whipkey didn’t knowingly expose himself to members of the public.
Judge Timothy Kerns disagreed.
Whipkey faces a sentence of up to 18 months behind bars and a fine of up to $5,000.
He remains on leave.