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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Nudist Water Thieves Exposed in Court, Could Face Three Years in Jail

Posted By on Tue, Jul 14, 2015 at 10:23 AM

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The owners of a Los Gatos nudist resort accused of stealing water from a creek owned by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD) were arraigned yesterday. As Kron 4 reports, Glyn Stout, 77, and his wife, Lori Kay Stout, 53, face a felony count of conspiracy.

The couple own Lupin Lodge, a clothing-optional retreat that offers cabins, “exotic yurts,” and camping under the stars in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

(A digression: The Lodge’s Yelp page makes it sound like a squalid Camp Crystal Lake, only with backed-up toilets and pricey hamburgers. In addition to the frequent mentions of “tweakers and meth heads,” there’s also this gem: “Cats running around everywhere, even saw 3 raccoons which chased me back to my yurt. Then there was this old guy that was gawking at the girls as they walked by. That was creepier than the raccoons.” And also: “One guy was clearly just there to stare at people and try and get ladies to use his hoola hoop [sic] while naked.” And, finally, should you book a stay at the Lodge, come prepared for naked dance parties.)

Now, back to the conspiracy charges.

“This case is about a business who ran out of water last year in the middle of our drought and decided to divert water from their neighbors for their personal use,” said Denise Raabe, deputy district attorney in Santa Clara County.

The Stouts — along with two other defendants — are accused of trespassing on MROSD land to divert water via plastic pipes they’d installed despite the agency’s warning to cease and desist. According to Kron 4, a wildlife camera caught the defendants clearing an old fire trail and toting plastic tubing; at times, the defendants reportedly drove cars onto the district-managed land.

“It isn’t OK to just see water flowing in a stream and decide to go take it,” Raabe said. Words of wisdom for all of us in this drought-ravaged state.

The Stouts did not enter a plea at yesterday’s arraignment. Their next court appearance will be September 1.





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