Crime

Mohave County Man "Really Had to Go." Hit With Two Felonies for Peeing in Public; Could Be Forced to Register as Sex Offender

A Mohave County man was arrested last week after two kids saw him pissing on the side of a building -- and he may have to register as a sex offender as a result.

Mohave County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Trish Carter tells New Times 38-year-old Norman James Havatone was spotted at a convenience store near Thomas Avenue and Route 66 in Kingman just before 2 p.m. Friday. He was pissing on the side of the building.

His piss was interrupted, though, by two kids -- ages 14 and 15 -- who were riding their bikes across a wash near the convenience store and watched him answer nature's call against the side of the building.

Police were called, and Hayatone was taken into custody. He apologized to the officers and explained that he just really had to go -- a fairly reasonable explanation. Then he got slammed with two felonies that could potentially force him to register as a sex offender.

Carter says that there were no allegations of sexual indecency, but because the kids -- who happened to ride by at the very moment Havatone happened to be pissing on the building -- were minors, the charges were upped to felonies that could potentially get Havatone labeled as a sex offender.

That decision, Carter says, is up to the courts.

Havatone, meanwhile, was booked into the Mohave County jail on two felony counts of indecent exposure.
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