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Court acquits mint oil man of exposing himself on flight

November 27, 2013 Aviation, Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

egtmedia59A  man charged with exposing himself to a female stranger sitting next to him during a nocturnal US domestic flight has been acquitted after arguing that the incident occurred only because he accidentally spilled peppermint oil on his penis.

The peculiar case arose when a woman on a flight to Salt Lake City in Utah told police that the passenger next to her had exposed himself after covering his lap with a coat and “continually moving his arm under the coat”. Rembrandt - www.rembrandtbkk

The FBI charged the man, 49, with “indecent exposure of his genitals and/or engaging in masturbation in a public place”, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

As the flight from Washington DC neared Salt Lake City, the woman complainant leaned forward to put away her glasses and saw that the man was “holding his exposed penis in his right hand”, the paper reported. She confronted the man, who apologised, and she reported the incident to police when the plane landed.

The man later told investigators he had accidentally spilled peppermint oil on his penis. He explained to police that he had a headache before the flight but as he didn’t believe in using medication, he decided instead to rub peppermint oil into his head in a bathroom at Minneapolis airport. (The flight was routed via Minneapolis.) While applying this remedy, he had accidentally splashed some of the oil on his genitals, which began to burn and feel irritated during the flight.

To treat the problem, the man admitted he unbuttoned his trousers, but said he didn’t believe he had exposed himself. He was seated between two women and, crucially, the woman who sat next to him on the other side (the aisle seat) testified at his trial that she saw nothing.

“Not guilty”, the US federal judge presiding declared.

The judge’s reasons were as follows, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. Firstly, the man covered himself with a jacket; secondly, the woman didn’t see anything until she bent over; thirdly, the man did not have an erection; fourthly, the night-time flight was dark; and fifthly, the man showed “no consciousness of guilt following the incident”. Also, the judge noted, the man had no criminal history.

Taken together, those facts raised a reasonable doubt of the man’s guilt, the judge ruled.

Written by : Peter Needham

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  1. sting pilapil says:

    …the man was mr. bean….

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