PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A Staten Island, NY man who streaked in front of President Obama during a visit to Philadelphia last October (see related story) has been convicted of charges resulting from that nationally publicized incident.
Juan Rodriguez, 24, has been convicted of disorderly conduct, open lewdness, and indecent exposure, and he could have been exposed to a jail term.
The prosecution sought a sentence of three to 23 months in prison, but the judge sentenced Rodriguez to two years’ probation.
Still, prosecutor Brandyn Hicks says, it was a serious offense.
“The sense of security is heightened, and you have armed officers, you have armed Secret Service agents, and you have Secret Service agents plain-clothed (under cover). So you don’t know what could happen when you’re running through a crowd,” she told KYW Newsradio after the sentencing. “No one knows what’s going on.”
Rodriguez, an unemployed father of three, admitted doing this as part of an apparently unsuccessful Internet stunt that was promoted with a million-dollar payoff.
Reported by Tony Hanson, KYW Newsradio 1060.