Ryan M. Martin

Ryan M. Martin

WAYNESBURG — A former Centerville-area man is going to trial in southwestern Pennsylvania on multiple charges after Pennsylvania State Police found him swimming naked in a campground swimming pool in Greene County during the summer.

Ryan M. Martin, 33, is scheduled to go on trial next year in Greene County Court of Common Pleas after he waived his right to a preliminary hearing last week on charges of indecent exposure, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest filed by Pennsylvania State Police at Waynesburg.

By waiving his right to a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge David Balint on Thursday, Martin automatically was ordered held for trial on the charges. A charge of open lewdness filed against Martin was withdrawn at the time he waived the other charges, according to online court records. Martin now is scheduled to go on trial in Greene County in early 2020, though no trial date has been set, according to the Greene County Clerk of Courts Office.

Martin was arrested by state police after troopers found Martin allegedly swimming naked in the pool at 2 Rivers Marina and Campground in Greene County the afternoon of July 21. The campground is located along the Monongahela River, near the Pennsylvania-West Virginia border.

Two days prior to his arrest, Martin was considered a missing person by Pennsylvania State Police at Corry. Martin's family had contacted state police at Corry saying Martin was last seen at his Rome Township home, at 15838 Bethel Church Road, at approximately 6:30 to 7 a.m. July 19.

Martin had indicated to his family he was going to Northwestern Rural Electric Cooperative Association near Cambridge Springs and PNC Bank in Titusville on July 19, but he failed to return home, according to a news release issued by state police at Corry on July 20. The news release said Martin was thought to be driving a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck.

State police arrived at 2 Rivers Marina and Campground around 2 p.m. July 21 after receiving reports of a man swimming naked in the campground pool, according to the arrest affidavit filed with the charges against Martin.

When asked by troopers if he was allowed in the pool, “He related that his father owned the pool and he was cleaning it,” the affidavit said.

The affidavit said the man identified himself as Ryan Martin and refused to get out. After repeated commands to get out, Martin climbed out of the pool, according to the affidavit.

When Martin was ordered to place his hands behind his back, he turned around, resisting both police commands and physical force, the affidavit said.

Martin was taken to the ground and was shocked with a stun gun by one of troopers before Martin reentered the pool, according to the affidavit.

“After more commands, the defendant exited the pool and was taken into custody,” the affidavit said.

Martin remains free on $10,000 bond as he awaits trial. 

Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at kgushard@meadvilletribune.com.

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