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According to a police report from the Pella Police Department, officers were dispatched to the Pella Aquatic Center on July 2 after the assistant manager reported he’d like an officer present due to “another incident like they had previously.” The offense listed in the police report is “indecent exposure.”

Two officers responded to the aquatic center five minutes after the assistant manager made the call.

“(The assistant manager) told (the dispatcher) they had another female is (sic) the pool and the incident is similar to the June 16th incident,” the report states. “The incident (the assistant manager) was referring to was when we had a transgender female walk around the pool with no top on.”

Sergeant Vincent and Officer Boertje arrived at 3:37 p.m. Vincent was told a middle-aged female was walking around the pool without a top on, but he did not know where she was.

Jeanette Vaughan, the community services director, met officers at the aquatic center and told Vincent she did not need police presence.

“Jeanette told me she would try and locate the individual and ask them to put on appropriate swim attire,” the report states. “Jeanette told me if the person identifies as a male and does not want to put on appropriate swim attire then they might have to close the pool. Jeanette already closed the adventure river because they had several lifeguards leave because of this incident.”

Neither officer saw the topless female or talked with her.

At 4:06 p.m. a female called the police department to ask if the police were looking for her. Esperanza Mumma told Vincent she is a “non-binary” individual and was at the pool wearing swimming trunks and no top. She was covering her breasts with kinesiology tape. She told Vincent that Jeanette approached her and asked her to put on appropriate swimwear.

“Esperanza told me she was wearing appropriate swim attire,” the report states.

Esperanza told Vincent she wondered if the pool had called on her because after Jeanette spoke with her, Jeanette walked away and started talking to someone on her phone.

“I asked Esperanza what happened when Jeanette asked her to put on appropriate swimwear,” the report states. “Esperanza said she told Jeanette she was non-binary and Jeanette said that was fine and walked away.”

Vincent told Esperanza there was “nothing illegal” about what she did and the police are not looking for her.


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