SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco homeless man accused of masturbating in public has been cleared after a jury found he was merely trying to urinate against a wall.

The San Francisco Public Defender’s Office said that 46-year-old Anthony Richey was facing up to six months in jail and lifetime registration as a sex offender before he was found not guilty Monday.

Richey was charged with indecent exposure and lewd conduct after a passer-by called 911 in July to report a man was masturbating in a street corner alcove in the Tenderloin District.

During trial, the defender’s office said the 911 caller conceded Richey could have been urinating.

Physicians also testified that Richey had a 10-year history of medical problems that made urination difficult.

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Comments (2)
  1. Cac says:

    Interesting, never knew that public masturbation would land a person as a registered sex offender… Who in the world would find it justifiable to waste 911 dispatch’s time with such a pointless incident? (particularly since it IS the Tenderloin District) Somebody’s ambulance was likely delayed by this sheltered moron’s phone frantic phone call.