Police: Naked man on LSD approaches woman on Noland Trail

Naked man, on LSD, approaches woman on Noland Trail, police say

Newport News police charged a man with indecent exposure and various drug crimes after he approached a jogging woman naked Friday night.

The 20-year-old man, John Kacy Burt, said he remembers little about the encounter that landed him in the hospital and in trouble with the law.

"I’d never taken this drug before. I’ve never been in trouble, or committed any crime before,” the Christopher Newport University student said Tuesday. "I remember waking up in the hospital being told what happened by police.”

Burt's charges stem from an encounter with a woman jogging on Noland Trail Friday evening. 

About 8 p.m. police were called to The Mariners' Museum for a woman who was confronted by the nude man on the trail, city police spokesman Brandon Maynard said. 

The woman told officers she was jogging when she heard a noise. After calling out, a naked man came out of trees.

The man mumbled to the woman, "have sex with me and no one will have to die," Maynard said. Then, the man laid down in the middle of the trail near a bridge. 

The woman ran past the man, who was later identified as Burt, toward the museum entrance and notified police, Maynard said.

Burt, who told police he had taken a strong hit of LSD that afternoon on the trail, was found wearing only socks and a green shirt, police said.

"I had been running around aimlessly, mumbling words,” said Burt, who is from Bumpass in Louisa County. "I was incoherent, and out of my mind at the time.”

LSD is a common illegal hallucinogen. It is one of the most potent mood-changing chemicals that was a popular club drug in the 1960s and '70s.

The drug is manufactured from lysergic acid, which is found in ergot, a fungus that grows on rye and other grains, according to DrugFree.org.

Burt said he was treated at a local hospital and released.

He said he still feels awful, and is embarrassed that news of what police allege happened on the Newport News trail has spread through campus. 

Burt was charged with conspiracy to violate the VA Drug Control Act, first offense of possession of marijuana, profane swearing or intoxication in public and indecent exposure.

His parents have hired an attorney to represent him on criminal charges, he said. 

"I have no memory besides taking the drugs,” Burt said. "I did not have control of my actions."

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