Friendsville mayor's woes continue

March 01, 1995|By Greg Tasker | Greg Tasker,Western Maryland Bureau of The Sun

CUMBERLAND -- Friendsville Mayor Spencer Schlosnagle has pleaded guilty to one count of indecent exposure stemming from a complaint by a driver on Interstate 68 near LaVale in May.

Schlosnagle, 31, a five-term mayor of the small town in western Garrett County, could be sentenced to as much as one year in prison as part of a plea agreement he accepted Monday before Allegany County Circuit Judge J. Frederick Sharer. A sentencing date has not been set.

As part of the plea agreement, another indecent exposure charge -- stemming from an incident along Interstate 68 in July 1994 -- was dropped. In addition, Schlosnagle admitted that he violated the terms of a three-year probation he was serving on another indecent exposure conviction.

Mr. Schlosnagle's court troubles are the latest in a series of charges and convictions of indecent exposure in Allegany and Garrett counties. The incidents have made him the subject of profiles in newspapers, magazines and television and radio broadcasts, including such programs as "A Current Affair."

In November, a Garrett County judge sentenced Schlosnagle to two years, with all but 30 days suspended, and three years' probation after he was convicted of exposing himself to a motorist on I-68 near Grantsville the year before. Mr. Schlosnagle, who works in Hagerstown, served the monthlong work-release sentence at Washington County Detention Center.

The previous spring, Mr. Schlosnagle had been given a one-year suspended term, $250 fine and three years' probation after he was convicted of indecent exposure in December 1992 at Country Club Mall in LaVale. He also was ordered to get counseling.

Despite his troubles, Mr. Schlosnagle overwhelmingly won re-election to a fifth term in February 1994. He was first elected mayor of Friendsville, population 577, at age 21, making him the youngest person elected mayor in the state.

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