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Ex-lawmaker pleads not guilty to breaking into a home naked

January 19, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former high-ranking Republican lawmaker in Rhode Island has pleaded not guilty to breaking into a neighbor’s home while naked.

The Providence Journal reports former House Minority Leader Robert Watson appeared in Superior Court Friday. He’s charged with felony breaking and entering.

Watson was released on $10,000 personal recognizance. He was ordered to seek counseling and not to trespass on his neighbor’s property in East Greenwich, Rhode Island.

Police say Watson was seen running across his street naked and entering his neighbor’s house in November. Patrolmen found him naked and bleeding.

The homeowner told police it was the second time Watson entered his home without permission.

Watson spent more than two decades in the State House, retiring in 2012.

His attorney, Timothy Williamson, says it’s too early to comment.

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