A rural Litchfield man pursuing a “nudist lifestyle” faces four counts of indecent exposure for spending time naked while outside his home, according to a criminal complaint filed Friday.
A neighbor complained to authorities after reportedly witnessing 58-year-old Larry Dean Fiero in the nude at his property on County Road 3 on multiple occasions between May 25 and July 12.
According to the complaint, a Meeker County sheriff’s deputy visited Fiero on May 28 after the neighbor’s daughter-in-law saw Fiero naked while mowing his lawn on a riding lawnmower. On May 25, Fiero was allegedly seen “walking around his yard, bending over, and picking up sticks” while “wearing nothing but work boots.” The neighbor also reportedly spotted Fiero sunbathing on his deck “completely nude” earlier this spring.
Fiero told the deputy that he “moved to a rural area so he could pursue a nudist lifestyle.” The deputy warned Fiero that it is illegal to walk in his yard naked in areas that can be viewed by the public. Fiero responded that he would “continue to enjoy being nude” but would do so in a manner not visible to neighbors.
But then on June 4, a Sheriff’s Office detective responded to another complaint alleging Fiero walked his garbage to the road “completely nude.” Fiero told the detective he had been wearing shorts at the time. He did acknowledge drinking coffee on his deck while naked, though stated no one could see him.
On July 12, Fiero’s neighbor reported she saw Fiero standing in his yard near a semi-trailer while he was naked “from the waist down.” Fiero told an officer that he had been wearing shorts.
The four counts against Fiero are gross misdemeanors and carry a maximum penalty of one year in jail. During an initial appearance in Meeker County District Court on Friday, Fiero’s bail was set at $3,000.
Fiero was previously convicted of a misdemeanor count for indecent exposure in 2012, according to court records. He received a citation for an incident occurring in Stearns County near Kimball. He was initially sentenced to one year probation, though he violated probation terms and was ordered to 60 days in jail, according to court records.