Yesterday, January 2, NBC News Connecticut reported a naked man storming into a Catholic Church in Killingly Connecticut, exposing himself to the frightened parishioners and third grade students from St. James Catholic School.
At approximately 2 p.m. on January 2, Gary Pohronezny, the 41-year-old flasher from Brooklyn, rushed into the St. James Church in Killingly Connecticut where third grade students were practicing for Mass. Other parishioners were present as Pohronezny exposed himself to all present.
According to eyewitnesses, the naked man entered through the front door that was supposed to be locked. The Pastor, Father John O’Neill, praised the third grade teacher for jumping into action.
She told the man to leave and told the kids go to the school immediately.
Concerned parents were alarmed; yet thankful no one was hurt, especially in light of the recent events that rocked the state putting all caregivers on extra high alert.
Gary Pohronezny was arrested, brought to a mental hospital for evaluation and is being charged with disorderly conduct, risk of injury to minors and interfering with police. According to reports, the flasher is known to authorities in Killingly and has a pending court date of January 10.
Police returned to the St. James Catholic School in Killingly Connecticut to talk to the children about the situation and attempt to calm their fears over the naked man barging into their church and exposing himself.
As Long Island Catholic Schools prepare for National Catholic School Week at the end of January, the above incident should be addressed by concerned parents, as it is most commonplace for monthly if not weekly school Masses to occur with the Catholic School children always in attendance. While the schools have beefed up security, what will the Churches now do to protect our children from naked men barging in, or worse?
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