Man gets probation in exposure case Incident occurred in parking lot SOUTHWEST -- Mount Airy * Woodbine * Taylorsville * Winfield

June 22, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

A Mount Airy man was given probation before judgment yesterday after being convicted of exposing himself to a woman shopping at the Twin Arch Shopping Center.

Robert Alan Gemmill, 26, of the 200 block of Hanover Street, pleaded not guilty to a statement of facts, but was found guilty and given one year of unsupervised probation by Circuit Court Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. Mr. Gemmill also was ordered to perform 60 hours of community service.

According to court records, Mr. Gemmill was stopped in the parking lot of the shopping center shortly before 5:30 p.m. Nov. 23 when a trooper received a call from the Maryland State Police Westminster Barracks that a woman had reported an incident of indecent exposure.

Tfc. Joseph M. Newcomer wrote in court documents that when he approached Mr. Gemmill, the defendant was "pulling his pants up and trying to get them buttoned."

"I asked the driver to step out of the car and I noticed his pants were still unzipped," the trooper wrote.

Trooper Newcomer then spoke with the victim, who said Mr. Gemmill parked his car in front of hers at the shopping center, and watched her as she walked to the Wise Market.

She said that as she walked beside his car, "she noticed that the defendant was looking at her and that his pants were open," according to court records.

The victim said she watched Mr. Gemmill drive around the parking lot, got his tag number and called police.

Mr. Gemmill, who told the arresting officer he exposed himself but did not know why, wrote a letter to the victim to apologize.

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