A registered violent offender pleaded guilty in court Friday to charges that he had meth and exposed himself to children and volunteers at a downtown church on Dec. 28.
Ronald Fermin Mascarena, 43, appeared in Yellowstone County District Court before Judge Ingrid Gustafson and pleaded guilty to a felony drug possession charge and misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure and resisting arrest.
Police arrested Mascarena after responding to a disturbance a little after 1 a.m. Dec. 28 at First Congregational Church, 310 N. 27th St.
An officer found a man, later identified as Mascarena, who was attempting to pull up his unzipped and unbuckled pants outside the church, according to charging documents.
The man struggled with officers when they tried to handcuff him, police said.
During the struggle, Mascarena’s knit cap fell off. An officer reported finding in the cap a glass pipe with crystalline residue that later tested positive for methamphetamine.
After the incident, police interviewed several adults who were at the church supervising children during an overnight Bible study. One chaperone told police that the children had seen a man with his pants around his ankles outside the church and that the man was using profanity and talking about using meth.
Mascarena is registered as a violent offender in Yellowstone County for a 1999 felony partner or family member assault.
His sentencing is scheduled for June 6.