A 51-year-old baseball umpire is accused of receiving oral sex from a 17-year-old boy in Staring Lake Park while children were around, according to charging documents released over the weekend.
Eden Prairie Police Officer Carter Staaf saw a man later identified as Crystal-resident Timothy Adolph Wettern while parked in the southeast corner of the park at 2:30 p.m. July 21, Sgt. Dennis Paulson wrote in charging documents filed Friday.
Wettern was in the driver’s seat of a vehicle, and an unidentified 17-year-old boy was in the passenger’s seat.
Staaf observed the 17-year-old performing what appeared to be oral sex on Wettern. At that time, a small boy about 9 years old knocked on the window of Staaf’s squad car and asked for a police sticker. There were also several children and parents in a nearby park, the report noted.
Wettern and the 17-year-old appeared to notice the officer and headed toward the park entrance, where Staaf stopped the vehicle.
When the officer asked what was going on, the 17-year-old said he’d placed an ad on Craigslist or gay dating site Manhunt earlier that day for a meet-up, according to the charging documents. Wettern picked the boy up near his home, they went to the park and the 17-year-old performed oral sex on the older man, the boy said.
Wettern admitted that he’d responded to a Craigslist ad to meet up with the boy—who Wettern said claimed to be 18 years old. He said he drove the 17-year-old to the park and received oral sex, acknowledging that the park was a bad place for the activity.
Staaf noted that Wettern had several baseball umpire uniforms and that Wettern said he was a baseball umpire.
Patch is still attempting to confirm the organization for which he umpires.
Wettern has been charged with disorderly conduct that is offensive, abusive, noisy or obscene—a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
The charge follows a July 2007 conviction for hiring a prostitute, a misdemeanor for which Wettern was fined $500, according to court records.