SIOUX CITY | A Sioux City man has been arrested for wandering around inside a church and exposing himself.

Denis Merrill, 48, is charged with misdemeanor indecent exposure after police say he pushed his way past a worker at a church on Glenn Avenue at 11:06 a.m. Monday and exposed himself.

According to court documents, Merrill knocked on the back door of the church and asked to use the bathroom when the church worker answered the door. After being told the church's bathroom was not open to the public, Merrill pushed past the worker and wandered around the church basement, exposing himself and ignoring orders to leave.

Merrill eventually left the church, and the worker locked the doors. As she called police, the worker watched Merrill through a window and observed him exposing himself, court documents said. Police found Merrill hiding in the trees near the church.

Court records show that Merrill was previously arrested for indecent exposure in August after he was accused of entering the Walgreens store at 4650 Morningside Ave. and exposing himself to a female clerk and a female customer.

Merrill had posted bond in that case and was released from custody. After his Monday arrest, Associate Judge Timothy Jarman revoked Merrill's bond and set a new bond amount at $6,000.

A hearing to determine Merrill's mental competency to face the charges is scheduled for Thursday in Woodbury County District Court.


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