This is an early leader for the most-submitted Innocent Until Proven Guilty since I started the project like two months ago. Otis Ryan, Florida Man, just might end up the Innocent Until Proven Guilty Guy of the Year via his wild arrest and subsequent mugshot out of Clearwater Beach. Cops say Otis climbed on playground equipment and made disturbing comments to kids.
How disturbing? Let’s go to the Tampa Bay Times to hear more from this story:
Police took Otis Dawayne Ryan, 30, into custody on a charge of disorderly conduct. The incident occurred about 3 p.m. Sunday at a park in the area of Pier 60.
Officers said Ryan at first was approaching tourists and making inappropriate comments to women in an effort to get their male partners to confront him. An officer in the area was watching him at the time.
“I watched (Ryan) walk over to the busy playground area and climb to the top of one of the children’s toys that was being occupied by children between the ages of 4 and 6,” an officer wrote in an arrest report. “He then started shouting from the top telling the children that babies come out of women” — and used a vulgar term in doing so.
Now it’s time to put on the BC investigative hat and dig into Otis Ryan’s Facebook photo gallery where I learned something very interesting about this guy. It’s from what looks like a 2012 where a woman compliments Otis on his short hair. As you can see from the Facebook screenshot, that’s when Otis drops this line: “REALLY? THAT WAS ME AT MY WORSE.”
A few years later Otis grew out his hair. I’m not sure if the short hair turned him into a maniac, but once is an isolated incident, twice is a pattern. Maybe the lesson here is that Otis needs to just keep his hair grown out.
As for the kids, it’s no big deal. They’re likely headed towards being Florida Man and Florida Woman so this won’t be the worst thing to happen to them in life. They’ll be fine.
And if you think this is some isolated incident for Otis and the cops, you’d be wrong.
• He was definitely arrested in 2010 & appears to have finished off probation in 2013