A 31-year-old man pleaded not guilty to trespassing on Wednesday after he was allegedly found lurking around a Burlingame elementary school and masturbating, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.
Arnold Stevenson Jr., 31, was seen at about 12:35 p.m. Monday outside Roosevelt Elementary School. A teacher found him after he had climbed over a fence and was watching the children, prosecutors said.
When confronted, Stevenson said he was looking for a friend. But while he was being escorted away from the campus, he allegedly said that he has a problem and likes to touch children.
District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Stevenson also allegedly admitted he was masturbating, but because no one saw him doing so, he could only be charged with trespassing for being on the school grounds.
Police also found a methamphetamine pipe in his pocket, and he was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, Wagstaffe said.
Stevenson pleaded not guilty to the charges on Wednesday and remains in custody on $15,000 bail. He is scheduled to return to court on Feb. 23.