James Edward Allen, a 41-year-old Milan man, was arraigned on February 2 after being taken into custody for allegedly masturbating in the parking lot of a Kohl’s store in Pittsfield Township. Allen was charged with one count of aggravated indecent exposure; according to court records, he was released from custody at the Washtenaw County Jail on a personal recognizance bond.
The incident allegedly occurred in December 17 in the parking lot of the Kohl’s department store located at 3160 Lohr Road. Police state an 18-year-old woman said that as she was returning to her vehicle after shopping in the store, she witnessed Allen masturbating in the front seat of his vehicle.
The woman told police that she parked her car prior to 1 p.m., intending to do some shopping. At that time, she noticed a man who she described as “scruffy” in a parked red car who was smoking a cigarette. When she finished shopping and returned to her vehicle about 45 minutes later, she said that as she glanced into the vehicle, she saw that the man was masturbating, and was not clothed from the waist down. She left the parking lot after recording the license plate number of the vehicle, and then called police.
Allen was interviewed by investigators by phone; the investigators then gave the report to prosecutors, who charged Allen with aggravated indecent exposure. Milan police took Allen into custody for an incident on Friday which was unrelated, however they discovered the warrant for indecent exposure afterward according to Deputy Police Chief Gordy Schick.
Michigan indecent exposure attorneys know that the penalties for individuals convicted on charges of indecent exposure are severe; for a first-time offender, a conviction could mean jail time of up to one year, along with a fine of up to $1,000. In Allen’s case, news reports state that the defendant may be sentenced to up to $2,000 in fines and jail time of two years. Individuals will also be required to register as a sex offender, a penalty that has lasting negative implications on their lives.
If you have been arrested for or charged with any sex-related offense, it is important that you speak with an experienced Michigan sex crimes defense lawyer at once. Your attorney will work to protect your legal rights and reputation, minimizing the damage to your life.