Man gets year for indecent exposure Other incidents occurred after suspect was banned from riding light rail

July 09, 1998|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore man barred from riding the light rail system because of allegations of sexual misconduct on the trains pleaded guilty yesterday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court to indecent exposure and was sentenced to a year and a day in prison.

Judge Eugene M. Lerner ordered the sentence for Troy Lamont Harrison Sr., 35, of the 800 block of E. Chase St.

Two similar charges against Harrison in Baltimore and one in Baltimore County are pending.

An investigation into a second Baltimore County allegation has not been completed.

After his arrest Dec. 17 on the Anne Arundel charge, a District Court commissioner ordered Harrison to stay off the light rail.

But prosecutors say he apparently did not follow the order, given that the two city charges stem from allegations this spring.

Lerner added three years of supervised probation to the sentence.

Assistant State's Attorney Thomas J. Fleckenstein said staying off the light rail will be one of numerous terms of Harrison's probation.

Assistant public defender Heather Hostetter said her client preferred being incarcerated in the state prison system, where he has served time previously, to the local jail, where he felt claustrophobic.

Since 1992, Harrison has been convicted on charges of theft, burglary and property destruction, according to court records.

Because of his lengthy criminal record, the pending charges and his defiance of an order to keep off the trains, prosecutors say they fear Harrison could become violent.

"It is not unusual to see someone who is a serious violent offender have in their record a group of minor offenses," Fleckenstein said.

Terressa McCree, 19, of Glen Burnie testified about a ride on the light rail northbound to the Camp Meade station in Linthicum.

"He whispered something to a woman, and whatever he said, I saw her roll her eyes and get up and walk away," McCree said.

Harrison took the woman's seat, which faced McCree, and waved to draw her attention, she said.

She alerted a Mass Transit Administration police officer, who arrested Harrison.

Pub Date: 7/09/98

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