IPSWICH – A local man was ordered to stay away from the Ipswich Family YMCA after his arraignment Tuesday in Ipswich District Court for allegedly fondling himself in front of several people in the men’s locker room.

Frank Soroka, 66, was charged with several counts of lewd and lascivious behavior and released on personal recognizance. While he awaits a possible trial, Soroka must stay away from the County Road facility, remain drug and alcohol free with random screens, and have no contact with his alleged victims and witnesses.

He is due back in the Newburyport-based court Nov. 19 for a pretrial hearing. 

Essex County prosecutor Shailagh Kennedy asked Judge Patricia Dowling to hold Soroka on $1,000 cash bail based on what she called the unsettling nature of the charges.

Soroka was in the YMCA’s men’s locker room on Friday about 5:45 p.m. and began fondling himself in front of other men while naked, according to Kennedy. 

The men were changing at the time. Police were called and spoke to Soroka, who did not appear intoxicated. He did not deny his actions. 

Kennedy said Soroka was not a YMCA member and had registered as a guest to gain access. 

Soroka’s court-appointed attorney asked that he be released without bail, arguing that Soroka had stayed out of trouble with the law for 10 years and always appeared in court.

He also said Soroka’s last offense was not of the same nature as the YMCA case but was alcohol related. 

Staff writer Dave Rogers can be reached at drogers@newburyportnews.com. Follow him on Twitter @drogers41008.

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