Police arrested an Oklahoma City man last week after witnesses called to report the man was exposing himself to little girls at a southwest Oklahoma City apartment complex. Cody Coachman, 20, was arrested on multiple complaints of indecent exposure and lewd acts with a minor. He was taken to the Oklahoma County Jail and held on $42,300 bond.
Witnesses told police that they saw a naked man "chasing little girls" around the apartment complex. Others say Coachman climbed a tree, pulled down his pants, and repeatedly exposed himself to children playing nearby. One witness, who called police after her 3-year-old daughter was exposed to the naked man, told local media, "He was high on drugs and hiding in the tree waiting for little girls to come by and wagging his wiener around."
When police arrived, they say Coachman began singing hymns and making religious statements. Upon his arrest, police reports say, the man began "thrusting his hips sexually into the back of the squad car seat and talking sexually to the seat."
Although media reports do not indicate whether police confirmed that Coachman was indeed intoxicated at the time of his arrest, it would not be his first time to run afoul of the law while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In October 2012, police responded to witness reports of a man stumbling into traffic near SW 52nd Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. A police officer discovered Coachmen with slurred speech and an inability to stand. A police report shows that Coachman told police he had been drinking mouthwash, and he had a half-empty bottle of mouthwash in his possession. He was arrested on a complaint of public drunkenness and found to have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.20 percent.
Cody Coachman is also serving a three year deferred sentence for second degree burglary in Hughes County. His term began October 9, 2012 and was to continue until October 9, 2015.
Unlike public indecency, which is a misdemeanor offense, indecent exposure is a serious felony sex crime. Anyone convicted may be subject to a maximum of 10 years in prison, fines of up to $20,000, and lifetime registration as an Oklahoma Sex Offender. Sex offender status carries significant restrictions, limiting the areas in which a person can live, places he or she may go, and jobs he or she may hold. The term "Sex Offender" is stamped across the driver's license, so a convicted sex offender must frequently identify himself or herself as such. Being branded as a sex offender can make it difficult to move beyond one's crime and make a clean start.
In the case of indecent exposure, a person can spend a lifetime paying for an offense in which there was no physical contact or physical harm. Anyone accused of indecent exposure or other sex crime should hire an experienced, well-qualified defense lawyer to protect his or her rights and to bring the case to its optimal outcome.