SANTA CRUZ -- A 53-year-old naked man who was bathing in a public bathroom at the Santa Cruz police station was arrested Wednesday, Santa Cruz police reported.

A bystander visiting the Center Street police station with his two small children entered the bathroom in the police department's lobby when they encountered the naked man. He was standing in front of the sink.

After it was reported to police, an officer asked the naked man what he was doing.

"I'm taking a bath," the naked man told police.

The suspect, later identified as Darrick Burch, indicated to police that he was dirty and needed to wash.

The officer asked Burch to put his clothes on, and Burch retrieved a bag with his belongings from the bathroom.

Burch was then taken into custody, and police found Burch had an outstanding warrant for being a sex registrant who had failed to register at the police department, said police spokesman Zach Friend.

Friend said Burch was not at the police station to register as a sex offender, and it was not the right day to register.

"There are better places to bathe than the police department's bathroom," Friend said. "It's not hard to see why public bathrooms have such a short shelf life downtown." Burch was twice convicted of sexual assault and has been arrested on suspicion of drug possession, police said. He was last arrested on Oct. 18 on suspicion of battery at San Lorenzo Park, Friend said.


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Burch is listed as a transient. Police booked Burch into County Jail for the warrant.