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Man arrested in exposure incident

Posted: Thursday, October 21, 2010

A young Juneau man who allegedly exposed his buttocks to a middle school bus driver and passengers faces several legal problems both related and unrelated to the charges stemming from the alleged mooning incident.

Matthew Douglas-Martin had been in a hearing regarding pending domestic violence charges against him just hours before the Juneau Police Department said he exposed himself to the bus. He was arraigned in Juneau District Court Wednesday before Magistrate Darlene Whitethorn on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors, in connection with that incident.

Public defender Thomas Wagner is representing Douglas-Martin on the domestic violence charges. A jury trial has been set for Oct. 26 in that case. Wagner also represents him on a minor consuming alcohol charge that Douglas-Martin failed to appear for and a charge of violating the conditions of release for breaking state laws in the bus incident.

According to a press release from the Juneau Police Department about the school bus incident, the driver reported a man had exposed himself to a group of middle school children that got off of his school bus on Glacier Highway at Wire Street. The man then got on a city bus heading toward the Mendenhall Valley.

JPD officers met that bus at Glacier Highway near Alaway Avenue and contacted the suspect. The man fled on foot down an embankment and across creeks and a grassy field. Officers caught him and he was lodged at Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

A police report read by Whitethorn stated Douglas-Martin ran from officers when they identified themselves. The report explained the incident as exposing his buttocks.

Wagner entered a plea of not guilty and asked for his client's release on his own recognizance. A pretrial hearing was set for Dec. 13, with a jury trial slated for Dec. 21.

Assistant district attorney Angie Kemp said Douglas-Martin has pending matters with the City and Borough of Juneau in which he is accused of breaking windows out of a relative's vehicle. Assistant City Attorney August Petropulos said Douglas-Martin was starting to show signs of mental illness and asked that conditions of release include a Title 47, or mental health, evaluation.

Whitethorn commented that Douglas-Martin is on a path of getting into deeper and deeper trouble and issued a bail release of $200. He must also undergo a mental health evaluation as part of his release. Douglas-Martin is also ordered to not violate any state laws, not consume alcohol, and have no contact with the bus driver.

• Contact reporter Klas Stolpe at 523-2263 or at klas.stolpe@juneauempire.com.



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