Mysterious drifter jailed for child pornography

Patrick J. McGovern

Patrick J. McGovern

DAVID ADLERSTEIN
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 13:32 PM.

A 62-year-old drifter’s violent reaction to having photographs taken of his unusual bicycle has led to the man being jailed on child pornography charges.

The story began around 10:16 a.m. on Nov. 13, when Apalachicola Police Officer Timothy Davis was dispatched to Avenue D to follow-up on the complaint of a 47-year-old Indian Pass man, who said he had been doused with pepper spray after he tried to photograph an unusual looking, bearded man on a tall bicycle.

The man told the officer that when he pulled over to photograph the man, he was sprayed, and that he had a photo of the man spraying him.

Davis went to investigate, and and located the man at the library. The officer talked to the man, who admitted what he had done.

“He stated that he knew why I was there,” Davis wrote in his report. “He stated that he sprayed the man out of reaction to seeing him with a camera.”

Davis then arrested Patrick J. McGovern, 62, of Minneapolis, Minn., on a battery charge.

The matter likely would have ended there had McGovern not offered Davis and Apalachicola Chief Bobby Varnes a plan to pay his $1,000 bond.



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