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STA Plaza indecency suspect disputes charge

WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 2014

Acting as his own attorney, a man accused of exposing himself to a minor at the STA Plaza told a judge Tuesday that he’s been wrongly accused.

Billy M. Ogan, 32, was arrested in early March after a 16-year-old girl reported that Ogan exposed himself to her at the STA Plaza downtown. The incident was captured on surveillance video.

Ogan, of Spokane, has a lengthy criminal history that includes 23 felony convictions and one conviction for voyeurism. In January, he pleaded guilty to public indecency after several witnesses reported that he was standing on 57th Avenue masturbating. At the time, he told police that he was “spreading God’s word.” He served 90 days in jail.

Spokane County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Eugene Cruz said the surveillance footage clearly shows Ogan pulling up his shirt, pulling down his pants and reaching toward his groin.

“You will notice that other persons in the video are dispersing,” he said. “His pants just didn’t suddenly drop down.”

But Ogan argued that the girl’s original statement to police didn’t match the video.

“This is a smack in the face to this court,” Ogan said. “Is this justice?”

Spokane County Superior Court Judge James Triplet on Tuesday denied Ogan’s motion to dismiss the case. Ogan remains in the Spokane County Jail on $30,000 bond. Triplet is expected to announce a verdict later this week.



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