A man was arrested for public masturbation on a flight from Spokane to Denver last Thursday. FBI agents charged him with "obscene and indecent exposure of his person."
The Smoking Gun reports that an 18-year-old female passenger had the bad luck to be sitting across from the offender. Her written statement to investigators said, "I sat next to a man on a plane who was masterbating [sic]. I heard a noise and looked over and saw his penis." Then she added, "He ejaculated & got some on the seat. Then he went to the bathroom for a long time."
She wasn't the only one to have the misfortune of noticing the offender's actions. 18-year-old Grayson Miller and his friend were sitting behind the man. He testified, "My friend Zach turned to me and said, ‘That man is masturbating' and in disbelief, I looked and saw his penis and he was...I hit him with my book in the arm, which caused him to stop and leave to the bathroom."
The offender, Kyle Pearce, 25, was described by the woman as wearing jeans tucked into cowboy boots and had told her that he was heading to Orlando, Florida. His MySpace page describes him as a student in his junior year of college and a bull rider.
Pearce is now facing up to 90 days in jail and could be fined up to $5,000.