Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Lighthouse Stunt Lands Activist in Jail; He Climbed to the St. Augustine Building's Roof to Protest Internet Child Pornography

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Lighthouse Stunt Lands Activist in Jail; He Climbed to the St. Augustine Building's Roof to Protest Internet Child Pornography

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Byline: DANA TREEN and KEN LEWIS

Whether riding a carousel to support American troops or scattering seashells on Midwestern doorsteps to promote a book about a make-believe tiger, Frank Feldmann is used to drawing attention to himself.

But when he donned a tiger suit Tuesday, barricaded himself in St. Augustine's historic lighthouse and climbed onto the 16-story roof, he broke the law, police said.

Feldmann, 35, was charged with burglary and possession of burglary tools and was booked into the St. Johns County jail, where he spent the night.

From jail, Feldmann described his act as a fight against Internet child pornography. He is the father of a 9-year-old girl and 11-year-old boy.

"This is a fight against a monster that I only became aware of very recently, a monster that wants to attack and devour the innocence of all our children," he said. "They bait your child in with pictures of the known characters. And then the Web site will be a bait-and-switch and suddenly your child is watching a graphic of the most perverse porno known to man."

He was arrested after police broke their way past barricades to get near him. As winds of 40 mph whipped past the light, Feldmann talked to negotiator Steve Fricke through the Fresnel lens. At one point Feldmann chained himself to a lightning rod on top of the lighthouse.

"He was upset," said Fricke, operations commander for the St. Augustine

Police Department.

Feldmann told Fricke he was mad because his children stumbled onto what he considered a pornographic Web site depicting Disney cartoon characters engaged in explicit sexual acts.

Fricke talked with Feldmann using a bullhorn because the wind was blowing so hard a normal conversation would have been impossible.

Then there was the tiger head muffling the conversation, at least in the beginning. Feldmann's tiger suit, a white affair with dark stripes and a large head, is one he can be seen wearing in a Web site he uses to promote a series of children's books he has written.

Feldmann's other stunts include a 52-hour non-stop carousel ride in 2003. Guinness World Records didn't have carousel riding as a record category and refused to recognize the accomplishment, Feldmann said at the time. …

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