Skinny-dipping leads to shooting complaint

One man is charged with public indecency and another with menacing after a confrontation at a skinny-dipping spot near Howard Prairie Lake Monday.

Klamath Falls resident Joe Ward Stone, 48, who faces the menacing charge, is believed to have fired a pellet gun multiple times at Larry Moore, 53, also of Klamath Falls, at a rock quarry swimming area near the Jackson-Klamath county line above Ashland, said Andrea Carlson, a spokeswoman for the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.

Stone had accused Moore of masturbating while watching "the girls in the group," said Carlson.

Moore left before police arrived, but deputies spoke with him later and charged him with public indecency, she said.

Moore denied the allegations and maintained he was "reading a book," Carlson added.

Deputies discovered "many naked people" at what appeared to be a popular skinny-dipping swimming hole at the quarry, Carlson said.

Initial reports that Moore was the aggressor — firing shots at three men and three women — proved false, Carlson said. The deputies' investigation determined Moore had a holster and ammunition for a handgun, but a weapon was never found, she said.

"It was (Stone) who was firing at (Moore)," Carlson said.

Court records show Stone pleaded guilty in 2004 to a single felony charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants in Jackson County. He was also fined for entering a restricted forest area that same year.

Moore has no history of criminal charges in Jackson County, records show.

A person has committed public indecency when he exposes himself with sexual intent or commits a sexual act in a public place, according to Oregon Revised Statutes.

Reach reporter Sanne Specht at 541-776-4497 or e-mail

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