Today, the Polk County Sheriff's Office arrested a high school color guard choreographer and dance instructor charges of felony Lewd or lascivious exhibition and misdemeanor indecent exposure charges.
The Plant City school teacher allegedly committed these acts with three separate people who reported seeing a man masturbating in his vehicle. Because of the ages of the alleged witnesses to these sex acts, he was arrested on felony charges. He was arrested and charged with two counts of lewd exhibition on a child under 16 and two counts of indecent exposure.
The teacher was charged under Florida Statute 800.04 “Lewd or lascivious offenses committed upon or in the presence of persons less than 16 years of age.” Subsection (7) “Lewd or lascivious exhibition” states “A person who
1. Intentionally masturbates;
2. Intentionally exposes the genitals in a lewd or lascivious manner; or
3. Intentionally commits any other sexual act that does not involve actual physical or sexual contact with the victim, including, but not limited to, sadomasochistic abuse, sexual bestiality, or the simulation of any act involving sexual activity
in the presence of a victim who is less than 16 years of age, commits lewd or lascivious exhibition.
An offender 18 years of age or older who commits a lewd or lascivious exhibition commits a felony of the second degree, punishable by up to 15 years in Florida State Prison for each alleged act.
Sheriff Grady Judd is looking into other incidents that may involve this arrested person. I have handled these types of cases before and this is not an uncommon tactic by the police. Once the arrest someone, they will take that person’s mug shot, put it into a photo line-up and show the photo array to witnesses in cold cases. The problem is that the police do not videotape or audiotape this show-up so it makes it difficult for a criminal defense attorney to insure the procedures used by the police were not unduly suggestive.
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