Nathan Klages / Warren County Jail
A traveling musician arrested in Mason for relieving himself in public is finding relief in Cincinnati’s music community.
Nathan Klages, 27, will face charges of public indecency and obstruction of official business when he appears in Mason Municipal Court on Dec. 17.
That same night, MOTR Pub will hold a fundraiser to help the Michigan-based artist “offset his debts and make something good of the bad,” according to a press release issued by the Over-the-Rhine music bar.
The charges stem from an early morning incident on Nov. 14 at the Super 8 Motel on S.R. 741. Klages, a multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter, was set to perform at MOTR Pub later that night with the indie rock band Stepdad.
Two Mason police officers making a patrol in the area say they observed Klages urinating against a wall outside the motel and exposing himself to other motel patrons.
When the officers stopped to investigate, Klages allegedly ran away. The officers caught up to him and ordered him to stop and Klages again ran away, according to the police report.
Police soon apprehended Klages, who they say appeared to be intoxicated and told officers he ran because he was “just scared.”
Klages was taken to the Warren County Jail and held for about 14 hours before being released just hours before the scheduled concert at MOTR Pub.
MOTR Pub owner Dan McCabe said he invited Klages to perform while he’s in town facing the charges. A collection will be taken for him during his 9 p.m. performance.
“It’s an opportunity for us to raise a little cash money for him and his travel expenses to come down and appear in front of the judge,” he said. “I understand giving the kid a citation for public urination, but I didn’t see the need to arrest him and haul him in restraints. It seemed like a lot.”
Klages could face up to 120 days in jail and $900 in fines on the charges, said Mark Krumbein, a Cincinnati defense attorney.
While both charges are misdemeanors, jail time could be imposed if the alleged offense was “blatant and offensive enough,” he said.
“Mason is very proud of the civil environment of the city and laws are enforced and taken seriously there,” he said. “Judge (Andrew) Batsche takes criminal offenses seriously.”
The charges could also have a lasting impact on a person’s future employment opportunities, added Krumbein.
“Those two — public indecency and obstruction of official business — probably have the biggest social stigma of any misdemeanor because they have an ominous sound to them,” he said. “You’re going to have a lot of explaining to do.”
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