Man pleads not guilty to indecent conduct after allegedly exposing himself at Sand Beach

Posted Aug. 15, 2012, at 3:15 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 15, 2012, at 7:03 p.m.
Bodo Schmidt
Hancock County Jail
Bodo Schmidt

BANGOR, Maine — A Canadian man has pleaded not guilty to one charge of indecent conduct after allegedly exposing his genitals at Sand Beach in Acadia National Park.

The man, Bodo Schmidt, 65, of Morrisburg, Ontario, was arraigned in U.S. District Court in Bangor on Wednesday. He posted a $1,000 cash bond and has been released.

Schmidt was arrested Tuesday by Park Rangers after several beachgoers told a lifeguard that they had witnessed a roughly 6-foot-tall man with gray hair and a beard exposing himself and masturbating.

The witnesses were from three different parts of the beach and described three separate incidents that happened around the same time, according to an affidavit filed by Supervisory Ranger Richard Rechholtz.

“One of the witnesses told rangers that he had seen [the man] sitting on a blanket near his daughter and her daughter’s friend,” Rechholtz wrote. “He said that he had seen the man expose his penis in view of the daughter and the friend.”

“Schmidt denied to rangers exposing himself or masturbating,” Rechholtz wrote, but “he later acknowledged being at three different locations on the beach.”

Rechholtz said the witnesses, including a former police officer, indicated that Schmidt was the culprit.

Schmidt has been given until Aug. 29 to retain a lawyer or tell the court that he will represent himself. After that date, a trial will be set.

Two other men in the last six years have been sentenced in federal court in Bangor for similar conduct in the park.

In July 2006 Antonio Boggia, then 77, of Trenton, Maine, and Livingston, Texas, was ordered to pay a $215 fine for being naked in the park.

Boggia was arrested June 18, 2006, at Lake Wood after being warned previously by park rangers not to swim or sunbathe naked in the park, according to previous reports. At the time, Lake Wood was listed on about.com as one of 38 places in Maine known for nude sunbathing and swimming. The website also stated that bathing suits are required at the park swimming hole.

In July 2007, a Virginia registered sex offender was sentenced to four months in federal prison for exposing himself at Acadia Ledges and Echo Beach. Charles Robert Gamber, then 62, of Richmond, Va., also was banned from Acadia National Park.

Indecent conduct is a federal misdemeanor punishable by up to six months imprisonment and a fine of $10,000.

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