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Judge to Speedo man: No more thongs

1:03 PM, Oct 6, 2009   |    comments
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The man known around Tallahassee for regularly riding his bicycle in a thong had his day in court on Monday afternoon.

Also known as "Speedo man," Richard E. Irby, 55, sat in court in black jeans, shirt and trench coat as his attorney told Leon County Judge Judith Hawkins that Irby had consented to a deferred prosecution agreement. Conditions of the agreement include not wearing a thong and remaining free of legal problems for three months.

The bald, 6-foot-3, 220 pound Irby was arrested in August for exposing himself in three different instances, according to a Tallahassee Police Department arrest warrant.

"I was nervous about it because I'd never been to court before," Irby said after the hearing at the Leon County Courthouse. "I was having trouble getting to sleep the last few nights because I didn't know if they were going to put me in jail or what."

He was also nervous about having to pay court costs because he lives on a fixed income.

Irby was booked into jail on Aug. 27 after being arrested. The incident that initiated legal action involved Irby wearing only a blue thong while in the office at the Greenwood Mobile Home Park on St. Augustine Road on Aug. 13. The office manager and a resident said Irby's genitals were exposed.

Four days later, another park resident accused Irby of intentionally exposing himself two times near her mobile home. The final accusation was brought by a woman who said Irby was fully exposed despite wearing a thong as he rode his bike near Magnolia Drive and Apalachee Parkway.

Irby said he is still riding his bike when weather permits and that he has been able to ride without a thong since the time of his arrest.

"I finally found biker shorts that come down to about here that I can wear," he said tapping just above his left knee.

By David Saez, Tallahassee Democrat

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