The registered sex offender who was charged Monday with criminal sexual contact in Kinnelon and making explicit comments to an employee was ordered by a Morristown judge to undergo a psychological evaluation, according to NJ.com.
William E. Rhode III allegedly has a history of arrests in Kinnelon for similar incidents, as well as in other municipalities, according to Lt. John Schwartz. In 2002, Rhode allegedly defecated in his pants at the and then in 2004, he allegedly soiled himself in a pair of tights at the
Schwartz said Rhode may be living out of a homeless shelter in Newark, and that he was homeless at the times of the prior arrests. Schwartz said he believed Rhode had taken the bus to Kinnelon from Newark on Monday just before the incident at Mandee, in which he allegedly walked into the store wearing only long underwear and a blue T-shirt and asked a female employee to help him try on a dress.
Police alleged he asked the female employee to stand by the dressing room and tell him how he looked in the dress, at which point, he urinated on himself. Police also said they later discovered he had defecated during the incident, and that Rhode has admitted to police in the past that he derives sexual pleasure from doing so.
According to NJ.com, Rhode appeared in court Wednesday for a bail hearing in which Morris County Assistant Prosecutor Brant Rafuse attempted to lower Rhode's $50,000 bail to $2,500 because it was outside the bail range prescribed by the state for the fourth-degree offense Rhode was charged with Monday. Superior Court Judge David Ironson lowered the bail to $5,000, but mandated a psychological evaluation for Rhode before he could be released from the Morris County jail or bail could be lowered further.
NJ.com also reported that in 2000, Rhode was found guilty of criminal sexual contact after he reportedly fondled a child in Passaic County. He was then listed as a Megan's Law offender.