November 17, 2017

El Dildo Bandito’ Gets Deferred Sentence

By LJ Staff

The self-described “El Dildo Bandito” of Boulder, CO—who last November
removed an art exhibit of ceramic phalluses from the Boulder Public Library—has
received a deferred sentence after pleading no contest to second-degree criminal
tampering, a misdemeanor. His one-month sentence requires him to stay away from
the library and the artist. The judge in the case said that “The library is a
wonderful place where they don’t have to hold everything he agrees (with) in
them.”

The artwork, “Hanging ‘Em Out to Dry,” was part of a
domestic-violence-awareness display. Rowan, after taking the artwork, called a
radio station and confessed. He left behind an American flag—a reference to an
ongoing controversy at the library, which had rejected employees’ request to hang a
flag
—and a note that said “El Dildo Bandito was here.” Said Rowan, “I want
it to go away. It’s been hard for me and my wife.” One letter-writer to the
local Daily Camera said that Rowan was hypocritical, since he “behaved like a
one-man publicity juggernaut from the first.”

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