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Haverhill man strips naked in a crowded N.H. Planet Fitness

Police say Eric Stagno, 34, of Haverhill stripped naked in a crowded Plaistow, N.H., gym over the weekend.Plaistow, N.H., police

A Haverhill man who stripped naked and did yoga poses in a crowded Planet Fitness over the weekend learned the limits of the gym chain’s “judgement-free” philosophy.

Eric Stagno, 34, was arrested at the Planet Fitness in Plaistow, N.H., shortly after 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, according to police Captain Brett Morgan.

“When officers arrived, they found him there, completely nude: on his knees in a yoga-type position,” Morgan said. “He walked into the gym, stripped down at the door, then proceeded to walk back and forth a couple of times before settling in on the yoga mats.”

The gym was fairly crowded at the time, but Stagno kept to himself, Morgan said. He checked himself out in the mirror and made his way over to the yoga mats, seemingly unaware that those around him were perturbed.


“Some of the comments some witnesses gave were that they felt uncomfortable, disgusted, sick, and unsafe,” Morgan said. “There were more witnesses coming forward than we could take names.”

Stagno “did have some drug paraphernalia in his possession” when he was arrested, Morgan said, but it wasn’t clear if he was under the influence. He was evaluated by responders but refused further treatment.

Stagno was charged with indecent exposure/lewdness and disorderly conduct, Morgan said. He was released on bail and is due to be arraigned Sept. 21 in Plaistow District Court.

The only thing Stagno told officers was that he thought the chain was a judgement-free zone, Morgan said.

“It’s not a clothing-free zone,” Morgan said.

Alana Levene can be reached at alana.levene@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @alanalevene.