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Columbus man accused of touching himself in church arrested again days later

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Matthew Joseph Cosgrove, 30 (Source: Facebook) Matthew Joseph Cosgrove, 30 (Source: Facebook)
Matthew Joseph Cosgrove, 30 (Source: Facebook) Matthew Joseph Cosgrove, 30 (Source: Facebook)
Matthew Joseph Cosgrove, 30 (Source: Muscogee County Jail) Matthew Joseph Cosgrove, 30 (Source: Muscogee County Jail)

Matthew Joseph Cosgrove, 30, is currently in the Muscogee County Jail, awaiting a court hearing that has yet to be scheduled. 

It's the second time he's been taken to this jail in less than a week and it turns out his own parents have issued a restraining order against him.

The wife of the pastor at Calvary Community Church in Columbus said she had to call police on Sunday because Cosgrove was causing a disturbance during the service.  She added that he is not a regular member of the congregation. 

According to her statements, Cosgrove was dropped off by an unidentified woman at the door of the church.  He was acting strangely from the start, but church members did not immediately take notice because they mistook him for being part of a group of homeless people they were coincidentally providing with a meal after the service.  It was later determined that Cosgrove had no affiliation with that group.

Things began to escalate when Cosgrove pushed a church leader away from the podium and yelled, "I'm in charge now."  He then took off his jacket and began flexing his muscles before hitting the ground and doing a set of push-ups. 

He was escorted to the sanctuary and told to behave himself, but the trouble didn't end.  The pastor's wife later heard moaning coming from the back of the church, and when she looked, she saw Cosgrove with both hands down his pants.  Immediately following, she says Cosgrove attempted to embrace nearby children for a hug. 

Cosgrove was finally tossed out of the church and police were notified.  When officers arrived, they recognized him as being a man who was obstructing traffic earlier in the day. 

He made bond after being arrested and two days later, he was charged with stalking.  His father told police Cosgrove violated a court order to stay 200 yards away from his residence when he discovered him sitting in his backyard.

In his statements to police, Cosgrove's father said his son has a history of abusing drugs.

Jail officials said Cosgrove is being held without bond and he is waiting for a Superior Court hearing that may not be scheduled for months.

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