A Norman man arrested for exposing himself to two girls earlier this week is also suspected of exposing himself to children at a bus stop last week. On Sunday, police arrested James Wade Walkup, 28, on complaints of indecent exposure and obstructing an officer. Two girls reported that a man exposed himself to them and described him to authorities.
Walkup was arrested when he was found walking a couple of blocks away from the area where the incident allegedly occurred, and he was wearing clothing that matched the description provided by the girls. Walkup was released Monday after posting $2,000 bond.
However, after his release, police were notified of another indecent exposure case in the same neighborhood where the incident involving the two girls is said to have occurred. Children at a school bus stop said a man in a red Chevrolet pickup with "Jim's Mobile Auto" painted on the side exposed himself to them last week. Walkup is suspected in that case as well.
Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Austin said new charges are expected to be filed against Walkup this week. These incidents are not the first indecent exposure cases involving James Walkup. He received a one-year suspended sentence after pleading no contest to indecent exposure in Oklahoma County in 2010. Although indecent exposure is a sex crime that does not involve any physical contact with a victim, it is prosecuted vigorously and penalties are harsh.
A felony conviction may carry significant jail time and even lifetime registration as an Oklahoma Sex Offender. Penalties for indecent exposure in Oklahoma include:
- Up to ten years in prison
- Fines of up to $20,000
- Sex offender registration for life, if perpetrated against a child
For those accused of willfully exposing themselves to others, defense options are available. Mistaken identity, lack of evidence, lack of intent, or reduction of the charge to a misdemeanor public indecency charge are some strategies your Oklahoma indecent exposure lawyer may use for your defense.
To find out more, consult an attorney in the Norman area with the experience to bring your case to a successful resolution.