ROSEVILLE, Calif. — Six misdemeanor charges filed against a man accused of contacting and filming kids at Harry Crabb Park without their parents’ permission were dropped last week by judge Garen J. Horst.
Alexandr Polupan of Rocklin now faces a lone count of obstructing a public officer after a forensic review of his phone was done by investigators. On his phone, prosecutors said in paperwork submitted to the court, a 25-minute video was found that suggests Polupan may have believed the children were being hurt.
Polupan was arrested last month following several complaints that he was filming kids playing at the park on his phone, asking the kids and parents what their names were, and attempting to lure the kids out of the park with a pink Mickey Mouse doll.
Polupan also blocked a car from leaving the park and became “uncooperative” with officers conducting the initial investigation, leading to his single resisting charge. He was previously charged with five counts of annoying or molesting a minor, and one count of false imprisonment.
“Because of, potentially, his mental health issues, he may have some delusions or beliefs that the children that he was contacting were possibly hurt or harmed by their parents, and that’s why he was engaging in the behavior,” Deputy District Attorney Amy Bellah said in court last week.
With the new revelation, prosecutors say, Polupan’s alleged conduct doesn’t fit squarely under Penal Code Section 647.6, also known as an annoying or molesting charge, that requires suspects be motivated by “an unnatural or abnormal sexual interest” in children.
Despite that, Bellah said, the 59-year-old’s behavior was concerning, and caused “great alarm” to the parkgoers that witnessed him.
Judge Garen Horst ordered Polupan released with an ankle monitor and a strict set of terms. He’s not allowed to visit any parks, schools, or other places children could congregate, with one exception being made so he can visit church.
Polupan’s public defender, Henry Fitzpatrick, said his client’s exact mental illness is still being determined through a 1017 medical report. He agreed to vacate the trial date previously set for April 15th, and an early status conference was scheduled for May 5th.