Monday, August 31, 2015

Three Iowa Men Charged with Indecent Exposure at the Hawkeye Wildlife Area

Three men were arrested and charged with various sex acts in the nearby Hawkeye Wildlife Area.

In one instance, a hiker reported to a conservation officer that "he was offended" after he ran across two men performing oral sex on each other at 1:30 PM on one of the trails. The officer came across the two accused men. Both were from Cedar Rapids. One is 68-years-old and the other is 54-years-old. They were both charged with Indecent Exposure and face up to one year in jail if convicted of this serious misdemeanor.

Later that date, the same witness was approached by a 51-year-old man from Coralville, who hit on him and asked that the two men masturbate together. The offer was declined. Shortly afterwards, a second person came across the Coralville man and observed him with "his back turned and his 'arm and hand appearing to move rapidly in and out of the crotch area.'" The witness approached him and saw him putting his genitals back into his pants.

This third man was found by the officer and arrested. Not only was he charged with Indecent Exposure, but he was discovered with a marijuana pipe. So now he's also facing a charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He faces up to 13 months in jail, if convicted.

I understand that there are guys who enjoy cruising for other guys out in the trails, but there are better options out there. You can hook up with other guys via Craigslist or Grindr or whatever. There are also a few nearby adult movie shops around here if you really want to hook up "old school."

But the correctional response to these types of Indecent Exposure arrests is anything but "old school." You can end up in jail and then on a sex abuse registry for the rest of your life, which messes with your ability to work or live in the house/apartment of your choosing or go back to the parks that you obviously enjoy.

Not to mention, the negative public response that happens when people discover guys having sex with each other in public in the middle of the day!

So next time you feel the urge to look for a random hook-up at one of the local parks, place an advertisement on Craigslist instead!

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