Prosecutors have accused a registered violent offender of smoking meth and exposing himself to children and volunteers at a downtown church.
Ronald Fermin Mascarena, 43, appeared Monday in Yellowstone County Justice Court where prosecutors charged him with felony drug possession and misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure and resisting arrest.
Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney Julie R. Patten said that a witness to the incident heard Mascarena say he wanted to break into the church and rape Christian girls.
Judge Larry D. Herman set Mascarena’s bond at $15,000 consecutive to the bond Mascarena has posted for a separate drug charge.
Police arrested Mascarena after responding to a disturbance a little after 1 a.m. Saturday at First Congregational Church, 310 N. 27th St.
An officer found a man, later identified as Mascarena, who was attempting to pull up his unzipped and unbuckled pants outside the church, according to charging documents.
The man struggled with officers when they tried to handcuff him, the documents state. During the struggle, Mascarena’s knit cap fell off. An officer reported finding in the cap a glass pipe with crystalline residue that later tested positive for methamphetamine.
After the incident, police interviewed several adults who were at the church supervising children during an overnight Bible study. One chaperone told police the children had seen a man with his pants around his ankles outside the church and that the man was using profanity and talking about using meth.
Mascarena is registered as a violent offender in Yellowstone County for a 1999 felony partner or family member assault. Since then, he has been convicted of multiple misdemeanors and felonies.
His arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 7 before District Judge Russell C. Fagg.