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Man says not guilty in naked display at North Dakota church

This photo provided by the Morton County (N.D.) Sheriff's Office shows Zachary Burdick. Burdick, who police say was high on drugs when he stripped naked and climbed into the holy water font during Mass at a church in Mandan, pleaded not guilty Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, to an indecent exposure charge. (Morton County Sheriff's Office via AP)

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — A man who police say was high on drugs when he stripped naked and climbed into the holy water font during Mass at a North Dakota church has pleaded not guilty to an indecent exposure charge.

Authorities say 21-year-old Zachary Burdick was asked to leave the Spirit of Life Catholic Church in Mandan on Oct. 9 because he was trying to bless congregants. He later returned, took off his clothes, climbed into the fountain then walked down the aisle performing a lewd act in front of the congregation that included preschool children.

KFYR-TV reports that Burdick pleaded not guilty Monday to felony indecent exposure and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. A trial date has not been set.

The felony charge against him carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison.

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Information from: KFYR-TV, http://www.kfyrtv.com/

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