Five arrested at park restroom ‘popular’ for public lewdness

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Police Department held a sting operation on Monday following reports of daily acts of public lewdness and indecent exposure at a restroom in Walnut Creek Park.

Police say the park’s restroom is a “popular” place for these incidents.

Benjamin Briceno, 46, Michael Mitchell, 33 and Steven Wieser, 46, were arrested and charged with indecent exposure, a Class B misdemeanor. Able Salazar, 50 and Stephen Terrell, 60, were arrested and charged with public lewdness, a Class A misdemeanor.

At around 10:15 a.m., Briceno allegedly exposed himself to an undercover officer in the park restroom. When he told the officer that he “didn’t feel comfortable around here,” the officer offered to leave the restroom and have Briceno follow him. The man was arrested after the officer signaled uniformed police nearby.

Steven Wieser went inside the restroom — in between the two baseball fields to the west of the park — at around 11:15 a.m. and exposed himself to the officer, police say.

Michael Mitchell entered the restroom at around 1:00 p.m. He was arrested after authorities say he exposed himself to the undercover officer and asked for oral sex.

At around 11:45 a.m., Able Salazar was arrested and charged for public lewdness after touching and grabbing the officer, acts described in the affidavit as “reckless,” “alarming” and offensive.

Stephen Terrell was arrested and charged for public lewdness at around 2:35 p.m. after touching the undercover officer’s groin, according to a police affidavit.

In 2012, sting operations at Walnut Creek Park netted three subjects each inJanuary and September of that year for indecent exposure and public lewdness.

In February, a man was arrested on the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail for waiting near a tree and exposing himself to any woman that passed him.

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