ROCK HILL, S.C. – A Rock Hill man was arrested Wednesday after police said he refused to put on pants while out in public, claiming he is a nudist.
According to Rock Hill Police, officers were dispatched to the 400 block of South Cherry Road in reference to a pantless man walking along the street. When police arrived, they located a black male clothed in only a yellow shirt.
When officers asked the man for his name, the suspect, later identified as Derrick Melton, told officers, “I plead the fifth (amendment).” Melton allegedly told police his last name was Melton, telling officers “I think it sounds better.”
Officers told Melton to return home and put on pants if he wanted to walk in public, but Melton declared he was a nudist, police said. When told not wearing pants while walking around the city was illegal, Melton allegedly said, “then go ahead and arrest me for indecent exposure because I’m not putting on any pants.”
Melton was arrested and charged with indecent exposure and giving a false identity to police.
Melton's mother told NBC Charlotte that he has mental health issues and was off his meds. She says he is now in the hospital receiving treatment.