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Deputy uses stun gun on naked man in Wrightsville Beach

Posted June 1, 2010 4:05 p.m. EDT
Updated June 1, 2010 5:57 p.m. EDT

— An East Carolina University student faces a charge of indecent exposure following an incident in Wrightsville Beach in which a sheriff's deputy used a stun gun on him while he was naked.

The Wilmington Star-News reported Tuesday that Matthew Martin Pick, 23, was also charged Saturday with resisting and obstructing a public officer.

A video posted on YouTube shows Pick, who is listed as a linebacker on ECU's football team roster, lying facedown, naked in the middle of a local street as a large crowd watches the arrest take place.

At a news conference Tuesday afternoon, New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon said a deputy told Pick to stop streaking and that the deputy used the Taser gun when he didn't stop, the Star News reported.

McMahon said the use of the stun gun was justified. The office's internal affairs division, however, is investigating.