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Police arrest man for indecent exposure on Christmas Day

Police say Jack Frost was nipping at more than Spokane man Lance Emigh's nose Christmas Day.

A taxi driver headed westbound on Sprague Avenue spotted Emigh, 46, standing near the Spokane Amtrak Station, standing completely naked and waving his arms, according to a probable cause affidavit. The taxi driver told police he believed Emigh was “making sure everyone was seeing him as they went by.”

The taxi driver circled back to Emigh's location and stopped, according to the affidavit. Emigh continued his behavior for a while longer before putting his pants back on. The driver waited until police arrived.

Spokane police arrested Emigh on charges of indecent exposure. Emigh was previously convicted of indecent exposure on Oct. 9, 2012.

Naked unicyclist arrested in Texas

KEMAH, Texas (AP) — Police say a man arrested in a Southeast Texas city for riding his unicycle in the nude was distracting drivers and creating a hazard.

Kemah police Chief Greg Rikard says 45-year-old Joseph Glynn Farley was not intoxicated or impaired when he was arrested Wednesday on a bridge in the city 20 miles southeast of Houston.

Rikard says Farley had been falling off the unicycle and into traffic.

Farley told officers that he liked the feeling of riding without his clothes, which were found at the base of the bridge.

Police charged Farley, of Clear Lake, with misdemeanor indecent exposure. Bond is set at $1,500.

Online jail records did not list an attorney for Farley.

New details on chaplain in exposure case

A pastor and volunteer sheriff’s chaplain exposed himself to a former church member after showing up at her home in a long orange skirt and telling her he’d lost a bet, officials allege.

The Rev. Robert C. Christian, 61, turned himself into the Spokane County Jail Friday and was released. He faces a misdemeanor charge of indecent exposure in Spokane Municipal Court.

Christian, who has been fired as a chaplain, initially denied the allegations when questioned by lead sheriff’s chaplain Curt Quaschnick after a police report was filed in March, according to court documents obtained Monday.

Read the rest of my story here.

Sex offender posing in park arrested

A Spokane sex offender is in jail after police say he posed for sexually explicit photos in Riverfront Park Tuesday afternoon.

James Ray Febus, 36, told police that “there was really no full nudity” involved, but Spokane police Officer Shawn Pegram showed him photos to the contrary, and Febus asked for a warning and said it had been an “error in judgment,” according to court documents.

Febus was arrested for indecent exposure, which is a felony because he has previous sex offense convictions for third-degree rape of a child and failure to register as a sex offender.

Police were called to the park about 3:45 p.m. after a security officer on a bicycle saw Febus exposing himself to another man who was taking photos in the seating area overlooking the falls and gondola route adjacent. The officer said anyone in the area could have seen Febus' genitals.

The photographer, Richard Craven, told police he took pictures as Febus exposed “his penis, testicles and buttocks,” according to court documents.

Febus was sentenced in April 2009 to prison for failing to register as a sex offender. He was convicted of the same crime in 2002 and 2005. He was sentenced to 26 months in prison in 1997 for third-degree rape of a child.

5 cited for porn shop indecent exposure

Five people were cited for indecent exposure during an undercover police investigation at a Spokane Valley porn store Tuesday.

Undercover detectives walked through the Hollywood Erotic Boutique in the 9600 block of East Sprague Avenue and observed five acts of indecent exposure, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.

Detectives also checked for criminal activity at the boutique in May 2009 and May 2011. Seven violations were reported during those visits.

The five people identified Tuesday were cited for indecent exposure and released at the scene. Their names have not been released.

Detectives checked other adult stores in the area, but no other violations were reported.

Cops: Man exposed himself to motorists

A 20-year-old Spokane man was arrested Tuesday after he exposed himself to motorists on the South Hill, officials said today.

Tyler Rexal Raymond Hall was booked into jail for indecent exposure after motorists told Spokane County sheriff's deputies he'd pulled his shorts down and revealed his penis as he walked westbound on East 57th Avenue and South Pittsburg Street about 2:45 p.m.

“Two of the witnesses said they wanted Hall arrested and a third said he wanted the suspect taken off the street and counseled,” Sgt. Dave Regan said in a news release.

Hall was handcuffed, and a deputy found a marijuana pipe and bag of marijuana during a search of his clothing.

“It was undetermined if the marijuana played a role in the exposure incident, but it certainly played a role in Hall’s additional arrest for possession of a controlled substance,” Reagan said.

Police: Masturbator caught outside mall

A Post Falls man is accused of masturbating in the Spokane Valley Mall parking lot Sunday afternoon.

Brian J. Jeffries, 25, was booked into jail on a misdemeanor charge of indecent exposure after witnesses reported him to mall security about 3:20 p.m. and he fled in his Toyota pickup, police said.

Police traced the pickup to a man named Jeffries, and witnesses said the masturbator was wearing a shirt “embroidered with the name of a national retailer,” according to a news release.

Police showed an image from mall security video to the store manager, who identified the man as Jeffries. Jeffries was arrested a few minutes later when he arrived to begin his shift.

Police have not released the name of the business.

Jeffries is the second Idaho man to be accused of masturbating in a Spokane Valley business parking lot in five days.

On Wednesday, a Rathdrum man was arrested on voyeurism charges after police say he masturbated while filming a coffee shop employee's reaction.

Florida pardons Doors’ Jim Morrison

 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Forty years after Jim Morrison was convicted of exposing himself at a wild Miami concert, this is the end: Florida’s Clemency Board, egged on by departing Gov. Charlie Crist, pardoned The Doors’ long-dead singer Thursday.

Some people who were at the Miami show March 1, 1969, insist even today that he exposed himself, though others in the audience and Morrison’s bandmates contend he was just teasing the crowd and only pretended to do the deed. Crist, (below, left) tuned in to the controversy by a Doors fan, said there was enough doubt about what happened at the Dinner Key Auditorium to justify a pardon.

The board, which consists of Crist and a three-member Cabinet, voted unanimously to pardon Morrison on indecent exposure and profanity charges as they granted several other pardons Thursday. At the hearing, the governor called the convictions a “blot” on the record of an accomplished artist for “something he may or may not have done.”

  He said Morrison died before he was afforded the chance to present his appeal, so Crist was doing that for him. Board members pointed out several times that they couldn’t retry the case but that the pardon forgave Morrison and negated his sentence.

  “In this case the guilt or innocence is in God’s hands, not ours,” Crist said.

Morrison had received a six-month jail sentence — never served — and a $500 fine for the 1970 convictions, which carried consequences for the band. Ray Manzarek, The Doors’ keyboard player, said Miami was supposed to be the start of a 20-city tour, but every venue canceled after Morrison’s arrest.

“We had the mandate of heaven, and I think at that moment, he lost the mandate of heaven,” Manzarek said. “In the recording studio, the magic stayed, but I think at that moment in Miami, the live performance magic left for a little while and then came back intermittently.”

Morrison’s appeals were never resolved. He was found dead in a Paris bathtub in 1971 at age 27. No official cause of death was ever issued — his manager said he died of “natural causes.”

Manzarek and Doors guitarist Robby Krieger supported the pardon because they say Morrison never exposed himself, though they agreed Florida’s move will have little effect on Morrison’s wild, outsized, drug-addled rock ‘n’ roll image.

“Jim’s legacy is one of Dionysian madness and frenzy and of a chaotic American poet. I don’t think that the Miami episode has altered his image one iota,” Manzarek said.

The pardon isn’t enough for Patricia Kennealy Morrison, who says she married Morrison in a ceremony that was never made official. She wanted the convictions expunged and called the pardon “a complete cheap, cynical, political ploy.”

“I have a real problem with the semantics of a pardon. The pardon says that all his suffering and all that he went through during the trial, everything both of us went through, was negated,” she said.

Kennealy Morrison says she exchanged vows with Morrison in a Celtic pagan ceremony. Morrison left his entire estate to another woman, Pamela Courson, a longtime girlfriend who was with him when he died. Courson died in 1974.

Kennealy Morrison said Morrison’s convictions led to his demise, and that of the band. She said he felt like he “had been made a scapegoat of the counterculture movement.”

“He cared about it. It affected him deeply. In fact, I think it was one of the contributory causes of his death, actually. It certainly destroyed The Doors, pretty much. They didn’t perform so much as a group after Miami, after the verdict came through,” she said.

Manzarek and Krieger said Morrison’s main interest in appealing the case was avoiding jail time.

“He wouldn’t give a (expletive)” about a pardon, Krieger said. “He would think it was old news.”

Here’s what most people who were at the concert agree on: The Doors went on stage late. The auditorium was oversold and wasn’t air conditioned. Morrison was drunk and stopped in the middle of songs with an anti-authority, profanity-riddled rant.

A live lamb was brought on stage at one point, and Morrison also grabbed a police officer’s hat and threw it in the crowd. The singer took off his shirt and fiddled with his belt, and fans poured onto the stage.

“There were 100 photos offered in evidence at the trial, photos of everything — Jim with the lamb, Jim with the hat, on the stage collapsing, riot in the audience. Not one photo of Jim’s magnificent member,” said Manzarek.

“It never actually happened. It was mass hypnosis,” he said.

Krieger added: “Nobody would like to have that charge hanging over their head even if they are dead. I’m sure his family would be happy to see that go, especially since it never happened.”

While Morrison denied exposing himself, he defended the use of nudity in theater even after his arrest. And he never toned down his lifestyle.

The fact that Morrison didn’t change his life is exactly why he shouldn’t have been pardoned, said retired Miami police sergeant Angel Lago, who came to Tallahassee to speak against the pardon. While he wasn’t on the police force at the time of the concert, he said a friend testified at the trial that Morrison exposed himself. He firmly said his friend wouldn’t have lied under oath.

“The man is not worthy of this. I don’t care if he was a poet, I don’t care if he walked on water,” Largo told reporters during a break in the meeting.

Crist, a Republican-turned-independent, began considering a pardon for Morrison in 2007 after fan David Diamond of Dayton, Ohio, contacted him, and began pursuing it after he lost a bid for U.S. Senate last month. He steps down as governor next month.

Luring suspect’s girlfriend: He’s innocent

The girlfriend of a Spokane Valley man accused of trying to lure teenage girls while masturbating in his car says he’s wrongly accused.

“I know 100 percent for a fact he didn’t do those things,” Marina Corbin told The Spokesman-Review. “I’m with him everyday.”

Michael J. McBride, 28, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to two counts of indecent exposure and one count of luring. He was arrested Oct. 6 after police aid two of three alleged victims identified him from a photo montage. Corbin said McBride plans to take the case to trial and will obtain phone records and witness statement to prove his innocence.

Police, however, say the case against McBride is solid. It began Sept. 22 when a 13-year-old girl said a man who was masturbating in his car asked if she wanted a ride home.

Another 13-year-old girl reported a similar incident Sept. 24, then another girl reported an incident that occurred Sept. 12. Detectives said they saw McBride in the area after a 911 caller reported a man trying to get a 14-year-old into his car. A police news release said McBride said he’d dropped off a student whom he couldn’t name, but Corbin said she knows the man McBride dropped off and said he’s willing to talk to police.

Police said a third victim who didn’t identify McBride in a photo montage accurately described his white Subaru, but Corbin said McBride’s Subaru is actually grey.

He remains in Spokane County Jail on $50,000 bond.

Valley man accused of trying to lure girls

A 28-year-old man is accused of trying to lure teen girls into his car while masturbating near Spokane Valley schools.

Michael J. McBride was arrested just before noon Wednesday after two of three alleged victims identified McBride from a photo montage. He’s expected to appear in court today.

The investigation began Sept. 22 when a 13-year-old girl said a man stopped his car near East Marietta Avenue and North Center Road and asked if she wanted a ride home.

he girl said she could see the man masturbating and ran away, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

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Sex offender arrested for indecent exposure

A convicted rapist considered likely to reoffend is in Spokane County Jail after police say he exposed himself to a four-year-old girl.

James A. Peterschick, 51, was drunk when officers arrived at 511 E. Indiana, where the girl’s parents said Peterschick exposed himself while standing in the front yard, according to court documents.

Peterschick said he vaguely remembers going outside but didn’t remember exposing himself to anyone. He told police he’d been drinking “because he was upset over his wife leaving him,” according to court documents.

Peterschick was convicted in 1986 of statutory rape involving 13- and 14-year-old girls, according to news archives. He served about eight years in prison after being convicted in Montana in 1990 of sexual intercourse without consent involving a 17-year-old girl.

He’s a level 3 sex offender - the classification considered most likely to reoffend. He’s in jail on three counts of indecent exposure, a misdemeanor charged in Spokane Municipal Court.

‘All the nudes that’s fit to sprint’

A news release from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office calls it a clear case of “all the nudes that’s fit to sprint.”

A 53-year-old Spokane Valley man was cited for indecent exposure Thursday after a police officer found him naked and fondling himself in front of traffic on East Sprague Avenue.

Gene F. Young ran when he saw Officer Chuck Sciortino approaching about 9:50 p.m., and Sciortino caught up with him when he fell in parking lot next to an auto parts store.

Young, who police believe was intoxicated, was issued a citation for indecent exposure before being allowed to walk to his home about 50 yards away in the 4700 block of East First Avenue.

He was sentenced to 10 days in jail in August for the same crime, according to news archives show.

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