Judge says no more thongs to cyclist

TALLAHASSEE — A Tallahassee man known for riding his bike in a thong has avoided prosecution for reportedly exposing himself and agreed to cover up in the future.

A Leon County judge signed off on 55-year-old Richard Irby's deferred prosecution agreement Monday. Irby must not wear the thong in public anymore and avoid other legal problems for three months.

Irby had been charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct. A Tallahassee police officer who responded to a mobile home park on Aug. 17 was told that a resident saw Irby walking around in a thong with his genitals exposed. Days later, the mobile home park office manager said two others had reported exposure incidents.

Irby told the Tallahassee Democrat Monday the he now has bicycle shorts that come down to above his knees.

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