Sunday, December 30, 2007

Ohio cops pull down and dirty sting

By Libby

The police say this isn't entrapment and the courts may bear them out, but I call it creating a crime.
Robin Garrison, an off-duty 42-year-old firefighter, was walking in Berliner Park in Columbus, Ohio, in May when he saw a woman sunbathing topless under a tree.

He approached her and they started talking and getting comfortable, the woman smiling and resting her foot on his shoulder at one point.

Eventually, she asked to see Garrison's penis; he unzipped his pants and complied.

Seconds later, undercover police officers pulled up in a van and arrested Garrison; he was later charged with public indecency, a misdemeanor, based on video footage taken by cops who were targeting men having sex or masturbating in the park. While topless sunbathing is legal in the city's parks, exposing more than that is against the law.
Talk about a setup. Is there anyone who would expect a man to say no to that request under those circumstances? Anyone think he would normally sit around the park showing off his erect penis? Me neither. Yet, if he's convicted he'll end up on a sexual offenders list when the real predator here was the cop.

Meanwhile, am I the only one who is astounded to find out that you can legally sunbathe topless in Ohio? I'm pretty sure you would get arrested for that on the Boston Commons.

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