Luke Chrisco's porta-potty creeping leads to toilet upgrade at yoga fest

Last year's yoga-centric Hanuman Festival in Boulder became known for a lot more than downward-facing dog thanks to Luke Chrisco, who a female attendee spotted hiding in a porta-potty's tank seconds before she had planned to make it rain, so to speak.

This weekend's fest shouldn't suffer similar problems, and not only because Chrisco is busy with psychiatric evaluations.

Chrisco certainly left his mark on the Internet before doing likewise at Hanuman last year. As we reported at the time, he originally posted under the name Omni Rainbow before rebranding himself as Skye Oryan -- and while Skye's website is now down, his YouTube channel still lingers, with featured clips including this one, in which he demonstrates his thigh-rubbing technique:

Creepy, especially when you consider where those hands may have been -- although his proclivities weren't made public until after his Hanuman coming-out party.

Last June, we noted that a woman stepped inside a portable lavatory -- and when she lifted the toilet's lid, she saw something moving in the deep, dark depths below.

Cue shock, horror and a quick escape, after which she fetched a man and asked him to look inside. He, too, saw movement beneath a tarp inside the tank, and after exiting the chamber, he heard the door lock behind him. At that point, he summoned a security supervisor, who waited outside for someone (or something) to come out.

His reward for such patience was the sight of a slender, black-haired white man, standing between six-feet-five and six-feet-eight inches tall, with cuts on his back and arms and wearing only a pair of sweatpants.

He thought the latter were gray, but given what the man had been soaking in, that was probably a guess.

No, the security staffer didn't try to tackle the guy after he declined to take a seat and ran off. You wouldn't have, either.

As the public wondered what yoga move the guy had used to squeeze into the tiny space -- the Sleeping Vishnu? the Corpse? -- cops statewide kept an eye out for the alleged perpetrator. And days later, a Vail officer noticed a resemblance between Chrisco, who'd been pulled over on Interstate 70 after being spotted panhandling at a local gas station, and the description of the john-peeping-tom suspect. Here's his mug shot:

Afterward, most folks in his painful (in more ways than one) position would have clammed up. But not Chrisco, who soon sat down with Fox31 for an interview in which he referred to spying on urinating or defecating women -- "the highest creature in the universe," he maintained -- as "praising God" and said, "It sounds kind of weird, but I would just find my peace and go away -- say, 'Thank you, goddesses,' and go about my night."

That's not all. Chrisco also told the Fox31 crew and Boulder cops about some additional favorite peeping spots in Boulder, including an area Target and a number of restaurants. Detectives following up on these claims found peepholes at among other places, a Department of Motor Vehicles branch, the Naropa University and the Boulder Café, all of which have now been sealed.

These antics won Chrisco are bizarre sort of notoriety illustrated by this animated video of the yoga festival incident:

No surprise the folks at Hanuman want to be known for something other than Chrisco, as a spokesperson stressed to the Boulder Daily Camera. Hence, the fest has upgraded its porta-potties with ones whose tanks are allegedly impossible to access in the same manner as Chrisco did -- not that there's much danger of a copycat. And organizers are also ramping up security for this year's version, running June 8-10. Click here for details about tickets and more.

As for Chrisco, the Camera reveals that he is currently "undergoing an evaluation to determine whether he is competent to stand trial on burglary and unwanted sexual contact charges."

His next court appearance is scheduled for June 21. If he asks to go to the bathroom while there, expect the authorities to watch him closely -- although probably not as closely as he watched others in similar circumstances.

Here's Chrisco's Fox31 moment:

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