BRISTOL - A city man accused of pulling his pants down at a local skate park and yelling vulgarities has applied for another program that could spare him prosecution.
Anthony Yacino, 25, of 44 Prospect St., filed a suspension of prosecution motion Thursday, in Bristol Superior Court, telling a judge he has a substance or alcohol dependency issue.
Yacino faces charges of public indecency, risk of injury to a minor and second-degree breach of peace. According to police, he was involved in a verbal altercation with two people on Aug. 4, 2017, at about 6:20 p.m. at Rockwell Park.
Police said he was arguing with two men and acting “belligerent and vulgar,” adding that the argument stemmed from some kind of dispute over a skateboard.
During the argument, Yacino allegedly pulled his pants down, exposing his genitals, and used vulgar language, according to police. Police said there were multiple witnesses in the park, including a number of children, who saw what happened.
Elisa Villa, Yacino’s attorney, said Thursday that her client was intoxicated during the incident. She also said he had previously applied for a program for defendants with a psychiatric disability, but it was not granted by a judge. Since then, Villa said, she has realized Yacino’s issue is more related to substance or alcohol abuse than that of a mental health disorder.
Should the suspension of prosecution motion be granted, Yacino’s case could be put on hold for up to two years while he gets dependency treatment. The case could also be dropped if he’s successful in treatment.
State prosecutor Ronald Dearstyne said he or another prosecutor will object to the granting of the program.
Yacino’s case has been continued for a program eligibility hearing.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.