Juneau flasher faces another charge after serving time

Several women say he exposed himself in 2002

Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2003

A Juneau man who just served a sentence for indecent exposure faces another charge of exposing himself.

Bryon Gutschmidt, 42, was charged May 1 with open lewdness, a misdemeanor. Gut-schmidt, an accounting supervisor for the Department of Labor, defense attorney David Mallet and city prosecutor Jim Douglas declined comment.

Gutschmidt was arrested after a woman told police she saw him sitting nude with his hands on his genitals in his stopped vehicle May 1 as she walked past. The woman said Gutschmidt followed her in his vehicle as she walked away. Police said the incident took place at the intersection of Douglas Highway and David Street.

Eight days before the alleged incident, Gutschmidt was released from the Lemon Creek Correctional Center after serving a week on a second-degree indecent exposure charge, a misdemeanor.

On April 15, he pleaded guilty to the charge as part of a plea agreement between Assistant District Attorney Doug Gardner and Mallet. Two additional exposure charges were dropped as part of the agreement.

According to court records, three women accused Gut-schmidt of exposing himself to them in unrelated incidents in July, November and December 2002.

One woman said he exposed himself to her as he bought coffee at a drive-through stand, court records said. The second woman said Gutschmidt walked toward her in the University of Alaska Southeast parking lot with his genitals exposed, touching himself. The third woman also said she saw Gutschmidt expose himself under similar circumstances in the UAS parking lot, court records said.

Gutschmidt refused to undergo counseling as part of the plea agreement, according to court records.

Gutschmidt's wife, Katie, said the latest charge against her husband is bogus. She also said he wasn't guilty of the 2002 charges. He only pleaded guilty, she said, because he didn't want to risk community ridicule if he went through a trial.

"Juneau, being the way that it is, would have crucified him," Katie Gutschmidt said. "Everybody makes mistakes - everybody. ... He's an upstanding member of the community. He was a brother in Big Brothers-Big Sisters for the last six or seven years."

She said her husband had to end his volunteer duties for Big Brothers-Big Sisters, a nonprofit youth-services program, when the 2002 charges were filed.

Melanie Plenda can be reached mplenda@juneauempire.com.

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