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.
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.
This is a funny story. From a libertarian perspective, I have to say that he did not hurt anyone and thus I do not believe the police should be involved at all. If his parishioners or his churches superiors wish to punish him in some way, that is their business. However the police should not charge him and label him as a “sex offender” for walking around naked. Instead, they should let the members of the community and his church punish him through ostracizing or other more civil ways. If his parishioners and the other members of the community are okay with him jogging naked and refuse to punish him, so be it, communities should be allowed to set there own standards of social tolerance through peer pressure, but not through government force.