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Man sentenced in exposure incidents

September 03, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

A pattern of exposing himself to women in two states finally caught up with a Martinsburg, W.Va., man Wednesday in Washington County District Court.

Brian Scott Batten, 25, of 107 Meadow Drive, was sentenced to serve three months in the Washington County Detention Center for indecent exposure.

"I'm not going to preach," said Judge Noel Spence. But he indicated he wasn't happy with Batten's "dinky little attempt at repairing your car so you could expose your genitals to unsuspecting shoppers."

Court records showed that on April 18, Batten was observed by four women at Valley Mall as he was under his car in the parking lot - exposing himself as the women approached.

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"The state is very concerned that this deviant behavior keeps repeating itself and he never gets any time," said Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Lisa Hardy.

Hardy told Spence that Batten has convictions in Berkeley County, W.Va., for disorderly conduct, domestic battery, possession of a deadly weapon and three prior indecent exposures.

"We worry about what's next when he no longer gets the attention he seeks doing this," Hardy said. "We're asking for three years in the Division of Correction ... for the public safety."

Defense attorney Alex Bognar said Batten was not confrontational and asked for probation.

"Granted he didn't have them cornered in a room," Spence said. But he said the acts were no less objectionable.

Batten was silent, mainly because his jaws were wired shut - the result of a recent incident in which he was attacked by four people and beaten, according to Bognar.

Spence sentenced Batten to one year, suspending nine months. Upon his release, Batten will be on supervised probation for two years.

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