Teen placed in community detention in exposure case

January 09, 1997

Despite his protests of innocence, a 13-year-old Fairplay boy was placed on community detention Wednesday in Washington County Juvenile Court for allegedly exposing himself to a neighbor last September.

Judge John H. McDowell heard testimony from the neighbor who said the youth yelled obscenities and threats at her on Sept. 22 while the neighbor was trying to break up a cat fight in her yard.

The neighbor said the boy dropped his pants and displayed his genitals to her.

Another neighbor testified that she saw the incident from another angle and at one point, she could see the boy's bare buttocks.

The boy said the victim began cursing at him first that day.

He said that he was wearing baggy pants that day and said she was mistaken that he dropped them in her presence. The youth also denied making any obscene statements.


Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class Mike Kretzer responded to the scene that day and said the boy denied any wrongdoing to him.

McDowell also heard a school report that the boy has been disciplined previously for making obscene remarks and obscene drawings in school.

Final disposition was delayed in the matter.

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