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Second man pleads to solicitation

October 05, 2000

Second man pleads to solicitation



By MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writer


A man charged in a police crackdown on lewd behavior in Hagerstown City Park was given probation before judgment Wednesday after entering a plea to a solicitation for prostitution charge in Washington County District Court.

Dale Eugene Frushour, 64, of 10814 Oak Forest Drive, was placed on probation for one year and ordered to perform 35 hours of community service, according to court records.

District Judge Ralph France also fined him $275.

Hagerstown City Police reports indicated Officer S.E. Blankenship was working a plainclothes assignment posing as a male prostitute in the park on Sunday, July 30, at 1:25 p.m.

While sitting and watching people walk by, Blankenship noticed an older man sitting in a small station wagon watching him.

The man, later identified as Frushour, later approached the officer, first saying hello and then walking away but looking back frequently, police reports said.

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A conversation began with Frushour asking the officer what he was looking for. The officer said he was just looking to make a little money, police reports said.

The conversation progressed to a sexual act and a price for performing that act. But the officer refused to get into Frushour's vehicle, police reports alleged.

The man motioned the officer into the men's restroom where he exposed himself to the officer and was arrested, police reports alleged.

After Frushour entered a guilty plea to solicitation for prostitution, the state dismissed an indecent exposure charge.

On Tuesday, a Falling Waters, W.Va., man received the same sentence for a similar incident in the park.

Probation before judgment allows a person to avoid having a criminal conviction on his or her record provided they are not charged with another offense while on probation.

Conviction on a solicitation for prostitution charge is punishable by a fine of $500 or a year in jail or both.

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