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Man accused of naked kite flying denies it and explains

An 82-year-old Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio man was ticketed after he was seen in public allegedly flying a kite while naked. As reported by WOIO 19 Action News, Edward Paolucci considers himself a professional kite flier and has been pursuing the activity for more than 15 years.

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Edward Paolucci (WOIO)

Edward Paolucci (WOIO)

Last week Paolucci was flying one of the kites in his collection of more than 50, in a field at the Summit County Fairgrounds. A volunteer at the fairgrounds, who saw Paolucci that day, claims that the elderly man was in the buff while flying his kite. WOIO notes that the police were called and the officer’s report indicated Mr. Paolucci was flying a kite nude while a horseback riding camp with young adults was happening nearby. It’s a charge that Paolucci denies saying, “No. I had my swimming trunks on, all the time my swimming trunks.” Still, Paolucci was ticketed and told not to return to the fairgrounds.

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Edward Paolucci's ticket (WOIO)

Edward Paolucci's ticket (WOIO)

So how does Mr. Paolucci explain the misunderstanding? He says that the fairgrounds have no restrooms. "I will relieve myself in the car with a container," Paolucci explained. "So I opened up the door and then was pulling my trunks up, okay, as the car door (was open), and [the volunteer] was coming down and he saw that. But he said I was naked flying a kite. No."

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Edward Paolucci in car explaining what happened that day. (WOIO)

Edward Paolucci in car explaining what happened that day. (WOIO)

The ticketed kite flier decided to return the next day, despite the instructions he was given, to speak to the volunteer who accused him and called the police. Paolucci ended up in trouble once again, in this case for trespassing. He said, “I’m going to court. I’m going to fight this.”

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Edward Paolucci with kite (WOIO)

Edward Paolucci with kite (WOIO)

Video and more info: WOIO

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