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MN Man Tied Himself to a Tree, Waited for 'Anonymous Sex,' Cops Say

Anonymous sex in the park is so hard to come by these days. A Minnesota man was arrested after he allegedly blindfolded and tied himself to a tree in a park. Apparently, he was waiting for strangers to have sex with him, according to police.

Alan Petrusson, 50, was sitting on a sling with his genitals exposed in Wayside Park. His ankles and wrists were tied to a tree, the Coon Rapids Herald reports. Petrusson was spotted by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officers. They called the police, but by the time cops showed up, Petrusson was gone.

While one would hope this was a one-time occurrence, apparently it's not.

"There is a lot of sexual activity in the park," Ramsey Police Chief Jim Way said. Cops patrol the area daily and conduct undercover operations twice a year. Despite police efforts, sex in Wayside Park continues.

Some men have been arrested six times trolling for sex, according to police. Yet they still keep coming back. Some use less obvious signals, such as turning on car lights or rolling their windows halfway.

Though Petrusson initially escaped, police traced the rope and sling back to his car. Petrusson later turned himself into cops. He was charged with misdemeanor indecent exposure.

In most states (including Minnesota) indecent exposure is defined as intentionally exposing one's private parts in public. If Petrusson is convicted, he could face up to 90 days in jail, a $1,000 fine, or both.

However, Petrusson claims he wasn't out for anonymous sex. He says he was just resting and didn't know his genitals were exposed. As for allegedly being tied to a tree, reports don't indicate he's given any explanation for that action so far.

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