CINCINNATI -- A die-hard Dodgers fan banned from Great American Ball Park in 2008 was arrested for causing more problems at a Reds game.
Troy Sexton, 40, of Hurricane, West Virginia, was arrested at Tuesday evening’s game almost six years to the date of his ballpark arrest and ban.
Authorities said Sexton lied about his identity to avoid being arrested when officials spotted him attending the second of a four-game series between the Reds and the Dodgers. Before the game he made threats that he came to the ballpark to “shatter lives," police said.
Sexton was charged with misdemeanor obstruction and criminal trespass, a felony. He is also facing a felony charge of burglary from Tuesday’s incident.
His local court-appointed attorney Amy Williams is trying to figure out what happened.
"He seemed harmless. He didn't have any weapons on him that I'm aware of," Williams said.
According to court documents, Sexton entered the ballpark despite being “warned to stay off.”
“If someone has been banned from one of the stadiums, that’s usually something the Bengals or the Reds will indicate to police,” said Sgt. Abe Lawson, detail coordinator for the Cincinnati Police Department.
Lawson said officials with both organizations have come to the police department in the past with photos of specific persons and instructions to keep them out of the venue.
Many times these situations will be “handled in line” before they're allowed to enter the park, Lawson said. But it doesn’t always happen that way.
“Being that the venue is so large, it’s difficult to get to every fan,” he said.
Lawson said his department often has to wait until a positive ID is made inside the venue before an arrest can be made.
Other times they have to wait for the barred party to commit a criminal before they know they’ve made it inside.
“Sometimes once they’re already inside the venue we have to wait until someone recognizes them or they commit a criminal act. Then, they’re prosecuted from that point,” Lawson said.
On June 17, 2008, Sexton was part of a fight at Great American Ball Park so disruptive it delayed the game.
Court documents state Sexton resisted arrest during the incident. He later pled guilty to disorderly conduct and was charged $341 in fines.
According to LADodgerTalk.com , a Dodger film crew interviewed Sexton that night about the team’s chances when he became visibly upset.
“Midway through the interview, someone flipped a switch and Troy went crazy,” Mark Timmons wrote in the LA Dodger Talk blog post . “My son asked me after it was over ‘What is wrong with him?’ Later that night he was arrested and escorted from Great American Ball Park after an altercation.”
Sexton's criminal history goes far beyond ballparks, according to Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith.
"I have probably at least three pending cases against Mr. Sexton," said Smith, adding that Sexton is “notorious” for placing phony 911 calls.
"(In one of the calls) he (said) he was beating his children and if we did not respond that he was going to kill his wife," Smith said.
When police arrived, they say he would videotape their investigation.
In 2009, he spent time in jail for domestic battery against his children.
A judge set Sexton's bond at $40,000 Wednesday. After a court appearance Thursday, Sexton was taken to the Hamilton County Justice Center.
Sexton will next appear in court June 18 for a pre-trail hearing. A trial date hasn't been set for the felony charges.