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Police charge former principal with roaming naked in park

| Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, 5:30 p.m.

Pittsburgh police captured a retired school principal they say roamed a North Side park in the nude.

Police charged Bernard Komoroski, 71, of Hampton with indecent exposure on Monday. In the past year, officers in the North Side station received several 911 calls about a naked man in Riverview Park, Sgt. Christina Davison said.

“Whenever we would go up there, he would be gone,” said Davison, who knew of at least five calls. “We'd go all over the area.”

Officers answering a call just before noon followed a path that leads to Village in the Park apartments and spotted a man, later identified as Komoroski, putting a pair of shoes on muddy feet. He was partially dressed and not wearing any underwear, police said. A Department of Public Works employee who had called 911 told police that was the man he saw naked in the park.

“(Komoroski) told the officers he was just out for a walk,” Davison said.

Komoroski did not return a message left on his home phone. Pittsburgh Public Schools hired Komoroski as a teacher in 1972, school spokeswoman Ebony Pugh said. He became principal of Carrick High School in 1997 where he remained until retirement in 2003, she said. The district brought him back under an employee contract as acting principal of Allderdice High School from March 2007 until June 2007.

Davison said Komoroski was near a bus stop and children visiting the park could have seen him.

“It's unnecessary and it causes police resources to be used where it could be better used elsewhere,” Davison said. “You can do whatever you want in your home, but you can't do this in public.”

Komoroski has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Monday in Municipal Court.

Margaret Harding is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-8519 or mharding@tribweb.com.

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