University of Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops has confirmed that Sooner wide receiver Trey Metoyer has been indefinitely suspended from the team after being charged with two felony counts of indecent exposure.According to Sports Illustrated, the charges stem from two separate incidents which took place August 29 and September 17 in Norman. In the first incident, Metoyer is accused of exposing his genitals and masturbating in his vehicle in front of a woman at an apartment complex. In the second incident, Metoyer allegedly approached a woman and asked if he could borrow a pen. When she returned with the pen, he was masturbating. The victim in that incident identified Metoyer from a six-person photo lineup according to SoonerScoop.com.Metoyer has been charged in Cleveland County District Court. On October 5, Sooners fans noticed that Metoyer did not suit up against TCU, and wide receivers coach Jay Norvell said the player was taking care of personal issues, saying, "He's going through some things right now," and "He's taking a little break from football."Yesterday, head coach Bob Stoops released a statement saying,"Trey has not been with us since prior to the TCU game and at this time I do not anticipate that he will return to the team in the future."The comments under the story at NewsOK.com, which does not describe the acts of which Metoyer is accused, include support for Metoyer, saying the young man could have been charged with indecent exposure as a result of something minor, like urinating in an alley. However, as this blog has addressed before (read more), state law specifically excludes public urination in the indecent exposure statute.Title 21 Section 1021 describes indecent exposure as lewdly exposing one's "person or genitals" in a public place or where anyone is present who could be offended by such an act. Thus, a prosecutor must prove lewd intent, or that the act was "crude and offensive in a sexual way," in order to obtain a conviction for indecent exposure.Public urination, however, has no lewd intent. Therefore, the Oklahoma indecent exposure law stipulates that urinating in public, unless accompanied by lewd acts or intent, be charged under Title 21 Section 22:"Every person who willfully and wrongfully commits any act which grossly injures the person or property of another, or which grossly disturbs the public peace or health, or which openly outrages public decency, including but not limited to urination in a public place, and is injurious to public morals, although no punishment is expressly prescribed therefor by this code, is guilty of a misdemeanor."Public urination is a misdemeanor; indecent exposure is a felony sex crime requiring sex offender registration for anyone convicted of the offense.View site to find out more about our successful record of sex crimes defense, or click here to contact an attorney prepared to handle your case.
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