PITTSFIELD -- A man accused of urinating on a city sidewalk Saturday afternoon in full view of the public is being held on $1,000 bail.
Robert Rahilly, 49, of Pittsfield, was on the First Street bridge at about 4:30 p.m. when he exposed himself and began to urinate in the direction of the heavy Saturday traffic, police said.
As "a highly intoxicated" Rahilly relieved himself, children ran from the area into a nearby park, a woman grabbed her children and headed in the other direction and cars on the road began honking as they passed the man, police said.
Rahilly allegedly continued to urinate even after being approached by a Pittsfield police officer. When the officer attempted to take him into custody, Rahilly allegedly pulled "violently" away, and said he wasn't doing anything wrong and just had to urinate. The officer took Rahilly to the ground and arrested him. The woman who had earlier fled with her children thanked police for arresting Rahilly.
On Monday, Rahilly appeared with attorney Julia Allen and pleaded not guilty to single counts of felony open and gross lewdness and misdemeanor resisting arrest and disorderly conduct as a subsequent offense.
Rahilly has three previous convictions for indecent exposure and two for disorderly conduct, police said.
Judge Fredric D. Rutberg held Rahilly on $1,000 bail citing Rahilly's previous record and his failure to show up in court in for past offenses.
He is due back in court in November.
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