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Wilton man who displayed 7-foot wooden penis in front lawn pleads not guilty

Mark Mulholland
Updated: September 22, 2020 07:06 PM
Created: September 22, 2020 06:21 PM

WILTON - Jamie Gagne won't accept anything other than an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal. 

The 32-year-old man was in court early Tuesday evening and pleaded not guilty to publicly displaying offensive sexual material.

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This was related to the seven-foot carving of a penis he placed on the front lawn of his Wilton home back in June.

He says people loved the statue and would stop and laugh and take pictures.

He even posted signs encouraging passersby to snap photos.

The carving went up Gagne says, as a sign of protest because he was and still is, in a dispute with the Town of Wilton over plans for his workshop, which the town says aren't up to code, so they'd issued a stop work order.

The town and some neighbors weren't amused by the statue.

New York State Police arrested him a few days after he put it up, made him take it down, and charged him with public display of offensive sexual material.

After a series of delays, Gagne was in court Tuesday to deal with the alleged code violations and the misdemeanor charge.

Judge Matthew Coseo agreed with the attorneys' plan to give Gagne 30 days to show that he's making progress on his workshop. 

Gagne was then arraigned on the criminal public display charge, pleaded not guilty, and ordered to return in a month on that as well.

In the meantime, the statue is now standing in Gagne's backyard, out of view of the public.

Outside court, Gagne told NewsChannel 13 the only resolution to the criminal case that he'll accept is an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of a year in jail or a $1,000 fine.


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