Dad mad, but mooning is only a misdemeanor
KINGMAN – Philip Goodrich is mad at his neighbor for allegedly exposing his butt to Goodrich’s 10-year-old son and his friend on Feb. 16, but he’s just as upset at the Kingman Police Department for not arresting the man.
According to KPD Sgt. Lyman Watson, 52-year-old David Harris was not arrested because under state laws mooning someone is a misdemeanor, not a felony. Harris was cited for disorderly conduct.
“I just can’t believe it was a disorderly conduct,” Goodrich said. “My god, that’s got to be some kind of indecent exposure to a minor, something.”
“My boy is definitely scared. He’s scared to death to go up or down the street. He comes running home every time the guy comes out of his house.”
A suspect is not charged with indecent exposure unless a victim is exposed to genitalia or the anus or to the nipple or areola of a woman. If the victim is younger than 15, then the charge becomes a Class 6 felony. Otherwise, indecent exposure is a Class 1 misdemeanor as is disorderly conduct that doesn’t involve weapons.
From the report it appears that all the kids were consistent about only being exposed to the man’s butt, Watson said.
“The suspect in this was doing it because he was intoxicated and probably arguing with the kids, not for any sexual gratification. There’s no evidence of that,” he added.
Harris denied that he dropped his pants. He said he feels his reputation is ruined over something that he insists didn’t happen.
“I feel like that I’ve already been labeled a child molester or pervert and everything else,” he said. “I’ve already been convicted on the whole block. I’ve never been bad to any kid on the block. Never. In my whole life, I’ve never been accused of anything like this.”
Lyman said that according to the police report, Goodrich’s son and a friend were playing near Harris’ yard on the 3400 block of N. Jewel when Harris came out and began yelling at them. At some point, Harris allegedly dropped his pants and mooned the boys but he never turned around to face them. The boys ran across the street to a neighbor’s house.
According to the report, Harris allegedly told the kids they weren’t allowed on his property. He also allegedly told the officer that he never left his property. That statement conflicted with the neighbor who allegedly said she saw him come into her yard.
Goodrich called the police around 6:45 p.m. Officer Rich Waterman responded and reported that he believed Harris was lying because his account did not coincide with what the neighbor said she saw. The neighbor declined to comment for this story.
“As far as the mooning, they (the boys’ stories) are exactly the same,” Watson said. “The guy was intoxicated and the officer felt he wasn’t being truthful about his involvement in it.”
Harris also denied being drunk.
“He (Waterman) called me a liar right away so I just didn’t talk anymore,” he said. “I don’t argue with police.”
Harris said he feels he would be vindicated when he has his chance to plead his case in court. But for Goodrich, he finds little comfort that the law is adequately protecting his children.
“It’s a scary neighborhood to live in when you got somebody like that down there. Something should have been done other than a ticket,” he said.