BENNINGTON -- A Dorset man is being charged with a misdemeanor after police said an employee at a Manchester gas station witnessed him urinating into a mop drain after he was told the bathroom was occupied.

Robert S. Leonard, 22, pleaded not guilty to one count of prohibited acts and was released on the condition that he not consume alcohol.

According to an affidavit by Manchester Police Officer Daniel Steere the alleged incident happened on March 12 at 11 p.m. but he did not receive a written statement from the Maplefields at Manchester employee who reported it until March 15.

The employee said the male came into the store and headed for the bathroom but she told him it was occupied. The male did not acknowledge her and a short time after that the employee went to put a mop away. She said the male was urinating into the mop drain.

She told him the utility room was not a restroom to which he replied "I'm sorry I just needed to (Urinate)," and left. The employee told police the man exposed himself while leaving. She said she had seen him earlier that day at the East Dorset General Store.

Steere wrote that using surveillance photos from Maplefields and the employee's description he located Leonard at the East Dorset General Store where he appeared to be working. Leonard told police he knew nothing of the incident and had been riding with a friend that night after being at Mulligan's. He did not remember stopping at Maplefields.


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-- Keith Whitcomb Jr.