Juneau flasher faces another exposure charge

Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) A 42-year-old state worker who completed a sentence for indecent exposure is again accused of exposing himself.

Bryon Gutschmidt, an accounting supervisor for the Department of Labor, is charged with open lewdness.

Gutschmidt, defense attorney David Mallet and city prosecutor Jim Douglas declined to comment on the case.

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.

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, the Juneau Empire reported.

On April 15, he pleaded guilty to the charge as part of a plea agreement. Two additional exposure charges were dropped as part of the deal.

According to court records, three women accused Gutschmidt 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, according to court records.

Gutschmidt refused to undergo counseling, according to court records.

Gutschmidt's wife, Katie, said the latest charge is bogus. She also said he wasn't guilty of the 2002 charges. He 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.''

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.

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