Hill-Murray President Joseph Peschges denies grabbing cop in the crotch
Joseph Peschges, the Hill-Murray School President who was arrested last week during a sex sting operation, is out of jail and vehemently denying allegations that he grabbed an undercover officer's groin.
Peschges chalks his arrest up to a whopping wrong place/wrong time scenario.
Peschges' story? He was innocently riding his bike through St. Paul's Crosby Park last Thursday when he found himself dead center in a "situation." Maybe a "wrong place, wrong time" kind of situation.
The cops tell a different story. They nabbed Peschges and eight other men in the middle-of-the-day sting. Most were just ticketed, police say, but Peschges was arrested and booked in Ramsey County Jail on suspicion of fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Now it looks like he won't be charged with the gross misdemeanor crime. The Catholic school president was released from jail Friday afternoon with a citation for indecent conduct, reports the Pioneer Press.
The police have received quite a few complaints from community members about men engaging in "lewd sexual acts" with other men in Crosby Park; Thursday's was the fifth sex sting in the area this year, police say.
As of last week, another administrator was acting in Peschges' stead, according to a statement released by the school.