Meet Rodney Kenneth Petersen, who appears to be either a garden-variety pervert or a pioneer in the next big cultural battle over sexual identity — or both, of course.
Petersen, 46, allegedly dressed up in women’s clothes — and a brunette wig — and unsuccessfully attempted to sneak into student-only areas of a women’s residence hall on the campus of Loma Linda University in Southern California, reports NBC4 Los Angeles.
Eventually, dormitory staff members noticed a cross-dressing, middle-aged man in their midst and confronted him, explains the Pasadena Star-News.
It’s not clear which restricted parts of the dorm Petersen had hoped to enter.
Petersen’s hasty attempt to flee the scene was nothing if not dramatic. A security guard approached him in a parking lot, notes Redlands Patch, but he managed to make it to his vehicle. As he was absconding in the car, he allegedly struck either the same security guard or a different one, causing minor injuries.
The incident occurred in the afternoon on June 4. Petersen was arrested on June 21 and released day later on $50,000 bail.
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department investigators told NBC4 that Petersen’s objective was to photograph women with a cellphone he had concealed in his stylish purse.
Detectives also said they have found evidence that the cross-dresser had previously attempted to enter unnamed female-only facilities in nearby towns amid the sprawl of Southern California’s Inland Empire.
Loma Linda University (in Loma Linda, Calif.) is a coed, Seventh-day Adventist-affiliated school that specializes primarily in the health sciences.
“We applaud the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department for following through with the investigation and making an arrest in the case of a trespasser to one of the dormitories,” school spokesman Herbert Atienza said in a statement released this week.