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Trending: Naked in Your Backyard – Should Neighbors Get a Say

This Illinois man is suing his neighbor for calling the cops on him.

By Joseph Hosey

MOKENA, IL — A man who triumphed in court after he was charged with walking around his yard naked has struck back at the neighbor he allegedly alarmed and disturbed with his nudity.

Richard Ermel filed his lawsuit against neighbor Nora Facko in Will County court. Ermel accused Facko of malicious prosecution, false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

The Mokena police arrested Ermel, 60, on a charge of disorderly conduct after he "walked around naked in the yard" of his Elm Avenue home in May, according to court papers.

Facko, 59, allegedly saw Ermel and his state of undress was enough to "alarm and disturb" her, the papers said.

But in December, Will County Judge Cory Lund found Ermel innocent of the charge before his attorney even went through the trouble of putting on a defense.

In his lawsuit, Ermel said Facko "acted maliciously and without probable cause," and that she knew the "allegations she made against (him) were false."
Grumpy Old Man February 27, 2014 at 04:53 PM
This guy was 60, maybe he was the guy who streaked the Academy Awards when David Niven (if my memory serves me right) was either presenting or receiving an Oscar!
Jacob Matthews February 27, 2014 at 05:06 PM
Imagine all the streakers in the 60's and 70's that would be filling the jails. Youth is meant to be enjoyed. Mistakes are meant to be learned from. Why in patch not offended by alcoholics who kill innocent people and beat innocent women. Why is patch not offended by drug dealers within 500 feet of schools. Why is patch not offended by murder and home invasion. Is the sight of a naked body more offensive??
Jacob Matthews February 27, 2014 at 05:30 PM
Haha. That must be why sex crimes committed by police and fire get buried. After all it is the politicians and off duty cops and fire who own businesses who are supporting what is left of the patch.
Curious February 27, 2014 at 05:38 PM
Wonder if they would have still called police if it was a 26 year old woman???
Terri Black February 27, 2014 at 06:01 PM
The judge is obviously a pervert, protecting another pervert. And this man that flaunts his nudism in other people's faces (for kicks no doubt)would have gotten a bust in the mouth from my father, with three young daughters to protect. The judge should DIE OF SHAME.
shinty February 27, 2014 at 06:38 PM
Big bri---i don't mind you expressing yourself, but is exposing yourself here really necessary!!??!!
MomofmanyinPlainfield February 27, 2014 at 07:32 PM
I applaud Mr. Ermel...only if his yard was fenced...sounds like Nora was raised to believe that being naked was wrong and a perversion!
rubberband February 27, 2014 at 10:32 PM
"...alarmed and disturbed with his nudity."...........ROTF AGAIN. Where are these stories coming from? Trending stories seemed so lame, but look how it has brought us all together.
Bryan Harz February 28, 2014 at 07:10 AM
Nothing brings good people together like a good sex scandal. `Koombaya
rubberband February 28, 2014 at 09:25 AM
Do NOT Google search images for "old men wear under kilts" attempting to find a funny link to post. DON'T DO THAT. Feeling nauseous.
Jules Vernon February 28, 2014 at 09:37 AM
No. Unless there are local ordinances against being nude in ones own yard, then this guy is well within his rights to do whatever he wants to, on his private property. If the neighbors don't like it, then they shouldn't be looking, or they should put up a high barrier between their homes so they don't have to see it. Offense also depends on who is naked - I used to have a 20-something female neighbor who liked to sunbathe nude, and I never once complained about it.
Sheriffchris February 28, 2014 at 09:52 AM
A blow against Political Correctness .... but I think common sense and decency should have ruled. Why did not the women complain before calling the Cops and filing charges. She will be the big loser here.
rubberband February 28, 2014 at 09:58 AM
...Also, don't ever do yard work nekkid...weed wackers fling debris around at high velocity and it can really really really hurt and injure sensitive areas.
John Strother February 28, 2014 at 10:36 AM
If I read correctly, the woman lied. She falsely accused the man. I would be concerned if a neighbor was walking around nude, I would think they either need medical help or needs their meds. They could had been so disoriented that they could be a danger to themselves. Nude indoors, well no one should be looking into a dwelling unit, that is peeking tom. Nudity outdoors reminds me of an old joke. It's about How hard it is to see a nudist and what steps one had to take to get an eye full. meaning if you had to stand on a ladder to see over something, then the nudity wasn't illegal. If you could see it out a window in your house, then the nudity is illegal. In this case the woman just plain lied to get her neighbor. So where is the real story? It sure wasn't about nudity, it was about a bad neighbor.
John Strother February 28, 2014 at 10:59 AM
Here is my attempt at humor on this. Men are dogs we will lift our leg and go where ever. On the Eastern shore many years ago, a gas station had faulty rest rooms and the men chose to relieve themselves along the back wall. A neighbor complained of seeing this repetitively during the summer months. Nothing would work in her favor, until she had her grand children take photographs of the men doing it. Would had been easier to put up a privacy fence and be done with it. However if children observe this then its disgraceful. Ata girls dorm, one student complains to security that the boys shower room is a violation to the modesty of all the girls on campus. Security went to check this out. They couldn't see the shower room from where the student complained and asked her how could she see it. She says, You have to pull that 6 foot step ladder out and peer over that wall 20 or so feet away and you can barely make out the shower room. Using these binoculars you can see plainly.
rubberband February 28, 2014 at 11:01 AM
LOL. Nice! O.K. Now, run outside into your backyard nekkid, count to ten, and run back inside and report. Everyone should do this NOW. Ready? Set? GO!
Jordan S. Zoot February 28, 2014 at 11:15 AM
Grumpy...we are sending a shower video of Betty White.....uggh...90 is a bit much.
rubberband February 28, 2014 at 11:16 AM
Ooooo....Naw, Bea Arthur...Now SHE is HOT......O Yea....
rubberband February 28, 2014 at 11:17 AM
WTF Google. JeZUS. http://www.today.com/entertainment/bea-arthur-nude-painting-sells-1-9-million-1C9948196..................... Can't make this stuff up.
Garnet Barton February 28, 2014 at 12:07 PM
If the whole story is known I bet the two neighbors had a history of petty complaints. She lied just to cause trouble for the neighbor and I think she should be held accountable. The man he has rights too. If being naked is one of them then so be it. Maybe the woman should have just shut her curtains or got off her ladder!!!! lol
rubberband February 28, 2014 at 01:24 PM
WHY IS NO ONE ON THIS THREAD following the directive? Strip, go out into your back yards, count to ten and return and submit your findings. O And take pics or it didn't happen, and you won't get credit. Now :GO! (Grumpy Old Man we are expecting great things from you; don't let us down.)
randy albin February 28, 2014 at 01:49 PM
whatever happened to the good old nudist camps? look at what is on the internet now. who could care about this? become a nude nation. who gives a rip?
Jordan S. Zoot February 28, 2014 at 01:51 PM
Let's combine a couple of topics.....would you ever go to a nudist camp with Bruce Rauner? .......how about Dan Rutherford?
Jordan S. Zoot February 28, 2014 at 01:58 PM
Yea....of the four Rutherford will be grabbing your package while Mike Madigan looks for your wallet
rubberband February 28, 2014 at 02:03 PM
Holy Crap. I'm in Cali. I just checked the weather for you guys. WTF. Don't go outside, at all, and especially not nude...Stuff will freeze and break OFF. (Plus, the cold makes it shrink up....who needs the humiliation?)
Metoo March 02, 2014 at 10:24 AM
Stupid story on a stupid web site. I'm done.
Jordan S. Zoot March 03, 2014 at 04:19 PM
Great the return of the angry inch
Mac March 15, 2014 at 05:06 PM
I think you're right Grumpy Old Man - isn't this site, Fredericksburg, the home of nude church praying? - apparently these residents will go to any length to let it all hang out - surf's up - bless you son
Gary Smith March 16, 2014 at 06:30 PM
The judge is obviously a pervert, protecting another pervert. And this man that flaunts his nudism in other people's faces (for kicks no doubt)would have gotten a bust in the mouth from my father, with three young daughters to protect. The judge should DIE OF SHAME. Terri: If you prefer to live in the shroud of puritanical righteousness, that's your problem. To say the judge is a pervert, shows where the real perversion lies. Of course his nudity was for his enjoyment, he didn't ask anyone to join him on his property. And as for your dad, in my neighborhood, his attempt to strike out would have landed him (at best) laid up in a hospital bed or, more appropriately, lain out in a coffin. And the daughters who were taught to be ashamed of their bodies and that nudity is dirty, they remain the women that epitomizes the ideal sexually-repressed women in society
rubberband March 16, 2014 at 06:35 PM
Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day....Wear a kilt. Live a little. Lighten up a bit. Life is so very, very, VERY short. A bit O' nekkidness won't kill ya.

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