Game goes to extreme

by Maggie Fritz | 5/10/94 5:00am

Timothy O'Leary '97, who received national press for exposing himself to gain 100 points in a scavenger hunt, earned himself a police citation and arraignment date, but his team would have won the competition even without those points.

O'Leary and three teammates -- Jay Hanlon '97, Robyn Murgio '97 and Eric Serotta '97 -- won first place with a total of 3,745 points, 150 points ahead of their nearest rivals. Each member of O'Leary's team won a portable compact disc player.

Forty groups of students participating in the hunt, organized by the East Wheelock cluster representatives, collected items worth varying amounts of points. One of the 69 items asked participants for a "police citation with YOUR name on it for indecent exposure."

Hanover Police arrested O'Leary outside of 5 Rope Ferry Road last Tuesday after receiving a report from Safety and Security about a "man with no pants or underwear," a police spokesman said.

O'Leary said he was undressed for less than one minute before one of his teammates went to the Safety and Security Office, located at 5 Rope Ferry Road, to report the incident of indecent exposure.

The Associated Press, the CBS radio news network, The Boston Globe and several Boston radio stations reported on O'Leary's arrest last week.

"A few teams did have the indecent exposure," Greg Lief '97, one of the scavenger hunt's organizers, said. "They went to police stations before we stopped that. We asked them to stop because the police were not going to give any more out."

Lief said the police did not have enough forms for all the requests from scavenger hunt participants.

Erik Weeman '97, a member of the third-place team, said his team tried to get a citation legally by asking Hanover Police for a citation without having to commit the crime. But Weeman said his team's negotiations with the police fell through after O'Leary's arrest.

Weeman said the "very first rule" of the hunt was that items could not be obtained illegally. But O'Leary's team still received the 100 points for the citation.

O'Leary's arraignment will be May 25 in Hanover District Court. He could be charged with a Class B misdemeanor, which carries a maximum fine of $1,200, or a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum of one year in the House of Corrections and a $2,000 fine.

"What I can say is that I'm a team player," O'Leary said last week. "I did it for the team."

The scavenger hunt, which ended Friday, was "a terrific success in terms of the number of people and the enthusiasm, but it could have been better worked out," Lief said.

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