Former 98 Degrees Singer Among Occupy Cincinnati Arrests

In a Friday Oct. 21, 2011 photo, Justin Jeffre, second right, former 98 Degrees band member, as well as blogger who has run for political office in the city, listens during a press conference from the sidewalk across from Piatt Park. Jeffries has been charged with trespassing and unlawful use of the city’s Fountain Square. Police say 11 people were arrested early Sunday at the square after the 3 a.m. closing time. (AP Photo/The Enquirer, Carrie Cochran)

CINCINNATI (AP) — Former boy band singer Justin Jeffre has pleaded not guilty to trespassing after being arrested in the Occupy Cincinnati protest, part of the demonstrations over economic inequality that have spread nationwide.

Police say the member of 98 Degrees was one of 11 people arrested early Sunday at the city’s Fountain Square after the 3 a.m. closing time. They also were charged with unlawful use of the square.

Jeffre tells The Cincinnati Enquirer newspaper he spent several hours in jail and it was “no fun.” But he says it was the right place to be to stand up for free speech.

The 38-year-old Jeffre has been a Cincinnati political activist.

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