When he was arrested in July, Clearwater resident Michael Goller told police he loved sunshine and beer on a hot day — along with freedom of wearing no clothes.
But a provincial court judge ruled Friday the 62-year-old man is at risk of getting naked in public again and denied his application for bail.
Goller, arrested Wednesday by Clearwater RCMP, will remain in jail until at least next Thursday, when he is scheduled to make another court appearance.
The retired accountant is charged under a section of the Criminal Code that requires special authority from the provincial office of the attorney general. He faces four counts of being nude in public view on private property.
During a bail hearing Friday, Kamloops prosecutor Tim Livingston told Cleavely that when Goller was arrested — wearing only a ball cap, sandals and glasses — the retired man told police "he loved sunshine and beer on a hot day.
"He loved to sweat and enjoyed the freedom of being naked."
But details emerged of Goller's inability to keep his clothes on and keep to his own property.
Since 2007, Goller has tallied six convictions for being nude in public view on a private property. While those instances have included roaming his own yard without clothes, a drunken Goller has also wandered onto a neighbouring field and into a neighbour's driveway.
On several occasions, he was seen by patrons of Clearwater's Dairy Queen restaurant.
When he was last convicted in 2010, Livingston said Goller was seen masturbating in the front window of his home. He was jailed seven days.
Arguing for release on bail, Goller's duty counsel lawyer, Murray Armstrong, said Goller would abide by strict no-alcohol conditions on bail and even offered to move to the Fraser Valley to live with his mother.
But Cleaveley said Goller has no control over his proclivity to strip down while drinking.
"In a nutshell, the case comes down to this: Mr. Goller is an alcoholic who likes to expose himself. I'm concerned Mr. Goller is out of control and has little impulse control."
Micah Rankin, a professor at Thompson Rivers Univesity's law school, said the charge is rarely seen, noting the requirement for approval to the highest level of prosecutorial authority in B.C.
Rankin said public nudity is tolerated on nude beaches or organized bike rides, for example. And municipal sanctions against nudity have been struck down.
"Constitutionally, it probably violates freedom of expression, whether it's an acceptable violation is another question."
The balding and pot-bellied man's most recent troubles with neighbours and police began in March, when, drunk on homemade wine, he took off his clothes and went for a walk. A naked Goller was seen in a field between his home and Dairy Queen.
He was so drunk, police asked B.C. Ambulance Service to take him to hospital before he was later jailed overnight. He was released on a promise to appear in court but charges were never laid.
A similar incident happened again in mid-July. Again, Goller was arrested but not prosecuted.
Three days later, a drunken Goller was on his property, naked with cup in hand.
Police arrested him again Wednesday, when the nude man wandered into a neighbour's yard in view of a 15-year-old girl. He ran into his house and re-emerged clad in a bikini brief.
"While it may be classified as a nuisance, at the end of the day neighbours and patrons of Dairy Queen deserve to go about their business without Mr. Goller deciding to get naked," the Crown lawyer said.
Armstrong said Goller practiced as a certified general accountant for 25 years. After losing money following a fire to a property on the Coast, he moved to Clearwater about six years ago.
He is depressed and struggling financially. He told police he brews his own beer and wine to save money.
"He doesn't seem to have realized until now the seriousness of his actions," Armstrong said. "He's concerned about the impact on the neighbourhood."