Man arrested at Royal Oak gym for indecent exposure

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published September 10, 2021




ROYAL OAK — At approximately 4:45 p.m. Aug. 22, Royal Oak police responded to a report of a man who exposed himself at LA Fitness, 25352 Woodward Ave., north of 10 Mile Road.

According to police, a 36-year-old Berkley resident allegedly exposed himself to a man and a woman near the fitness club’s pool. Lt. Al Carter, of the Royal Oak Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division, said the man told the suspect to “stop doing that because there was a woman present.”

Carter said the Berkley man continued his behavior and seemed “a little upset over the fact he was confronted,” so the couple went to the manager’s desk and advised him of the incident.

The manager then confronted the man in the men’s locker room about the complaints from guests, and the man allegedly exposed himself to the manager, Carter said.

Upon arrival, police spoke with the witnesses and then with the man in the locker room.

“Officers spoke with the subject who appeared to be intoxicated,” a police press release states. “He denied the accusations and then refused to answer or listen to the officer’s instructions. The subject began to resist the officers and was arrested.”

According to the release, officers located unprescribed medication in his bag, and the grounds for his arrest included indecent exposure, possession of a synthetic drug, resisting and obstructing, and a misdemeanor warrant.

Carter said the unprescribed medication was alprazolam, a Schedule IV drug used to treat anxiety. He added that the suspect, who was a member, was advised that if he returned to the gym, he would be trespassing.

On Aug. 24, 44th District Court Magistrate Donald Chisholm arraigned Paul Michael Clayton on one count of indecent exposure, one count of unlawful possession or use of a controlled substance on private property, and two charges of resisting or obstructing a police officer.

A court clerk said Chisholm set Clayton’s bond at $5,000 cash or surety, 10%, and as of press time, he had not posted bond. His defense attorney, Matt Savich, did not return a request for comment by press time.

Clayton is due back in court for a pretrial conference at 10:31 a.m. Sept. 20, before 44th District Court Judge Jamie Wittenberg.