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A 19-year-old who allegedly violated a Bay City, Mich., church by repeatedly smearing feces on the church's door and masturbating on the steps of the building says he was forced to take his lewd behavior to church because there wasn't sufficient privacy in the apartment he shared with his mother and father.
The Bay County Sheriff's Office identified the youth as Joshua A. Gorski from video evidence and an admission, according to a MLive report.
The report explains that the sheriff's office first received a complaint in the summer of 2013 that someone was smearing feces on a door at New Hope Baptist Church, located along Midland Road in Bangor Township at night.
A few months later, on Nov. 22, a property manager from the church turned over a feces-stained sock and a DVD with footage from a surveillance camera that was shot around 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19.
The footage shows a man riding up to the south door of the church on a bicycle who appears to squat near the door and defecate. The man is then shown covering his hand with a sock which he uses to pick up the excrement and plasters it all over the church's door and its handle.
After doing that, the man is seen throwing away the sock and retrieving a magazine from his bicycle. He then sits on the steps at the door and appears to masturbate before taking off on the bicycle.
After an investigation was conducted based on the evidence submitted, police say, Gorski confessed he was the culprit behind the sacrilege and apologized. He also confessed he had perpetrated the act four to five times in 2013.
"He stated that he lives in an apartment with his mother and father and does not have enough privacy to do the things he wants," a deputy noted in court records.
A warrant for Gorski's arrest was issued on Friday, Dec. 20. He was arraigned before Bay County District Judge Mark E. Janer on Monday, Dec. 23, arraigned on single counts of aggravated indecent exposure, a two-year high-court misdemeanor, and malicious destruction of a building less than $200, according to the report.
He is expected to appear for a preliminary examination before Janer at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 6. As of Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, he was in custody at the Bay County Jail.