Colorado police arrest suspected port-a-potty peeper

DENVER Fri Jun 24, 2011 5:27pm EDT

DENVER (Reuters) - A man suspected of hiding inside the waste tank of a portable toilet at a yoga festival in Boulder, Colorado was arrested on charges of unlawful sexual contact and invasion of privacy, police said on Friday.

Luke Irvin Chrisco, 30, was arrested 100 miles west of Boulder in Vail, Colorado after police there stopped his vehicle on reports of a man illegally panhandling in the area.

"An astute officer realized that he resembled the portable toilet suspect," Boulder police said in a news release.

Boulder detectives were contacted, and after interviewing Chrisco arrested him for the portable toilet incident.

Police said the strange event occurred June 17 at the Hanuman Yoga Festival when a woman using the facility noticed movement inside the storage tank, and asked a male bystander to investigate.

The man told police he saw someone inside the tank covered in a tarp.

A security guard waited outside the lavatory for 10 minutes until a shirtless, barefoot man with numerous cuts on his back and legs, and covered in feces, emerged.

The guard tried unsuccessfully to apprehend him as he ran from the festival grounds.

Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner said in a written statement that his department received a dozen tips on the suspect's identity "which pointed us in the right direction."

"We are grateful to the public for helping us resolve this disgusting case in an expeditious manner," Beckner said.

Chrisco faces one count of unlawful sexual contact and one count of criminal invasion of privacy, both misdemeanors.

He is being held on a $1,000 bond for the panhandling charge, and a $1,500 bond for the alleged toilet offenses.

(Reporting by Keith Coffman, editing by Dan Whitcomb)

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