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.READ MORE: COVID: Initial Vaccine Booster Availability Met with Low Turnout, Confusion
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.READ MORE: UPDATE: Thousands Forced To Flee Fawn Fire; New Evacuations Ordered South Of Shasta Lake
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.MORE NEWS: Amazon Purchases Land In Pleasanton For Undetermined Project
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