Greenville, NC -- East Carolina University police say they plan to get a lifetime trespass warning against a Raleigh man who is accused of running naked onto the football field this weekend.
John Sieglinger was charged with misdemeanor trespassing and misdemeanor indecent exposure after police say he streaked onto the field during the halftime of the Southern Miss game.
ECU police say the 21-year-old man told them he “woke up Saturday morning and had the idea he was going to ‘streak’ at the ECU football game.” Police say with bond money collected, he carried through with his plan.
The university says their investigation revealed that Sieglinger was in a different section of the stadium earlier in the game. When he came out of the stadium seating to run onto the field, he was more than 50 yards from where he was seen earlier. Police say his plans to avoid security and staffing personnel were clear.
The naked run came during a military tribute that was taking place on the field. "The university deeply regrets the disrespectful behavior that occurred during halftime," says ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard. "ECU is justly proud of the dedication and leadership of our military men and women, and to have the events that honored them disrupted in such a manner was unfortunate."
Sieglinger was released on a $1,500 bond.
East Carolina University's loss to Southern Miss isn't the only topic of conversation following Saturday's game.
People are also talking about a streaker who took to the field at halftime.
Various photos and videos show the naked man running across the field before he is stopped.
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Public records show 21-year-old John Sieglinger was charged with misdemeanor trespassing and misdemeanor indecent exposure.
Bond was set at $1500.
A Facebook page that appears to be Sieglinger shows he lives in Raleigh. The status on the page is "just ran across the ecu football game naked? anyone watch it live?" The Facebook page also listed his education as Wake Technical Community College.
At the time of the incident, a military tribute was being held on the field. It was military appreciation weekend at the game.
Some have questioned if a conviction on a misdemeanor indecent exposure charge means an individual has to register as a sex offender. According to online information from the state, registration only occurs with a felony indecent exposure charge.