June 22, 2018
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Canadian man sentenced to 48 hours, fined $1,000 for exposing himself at Sand Beach

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A Canadian man was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court to 48 hours in jail, or time served, for exposing his genitals last summer at Sand Beach in Acadia National Park.

Bodo Schmidt, 65, of Morrisburg, Ontario, also was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and is forbidden from being in any national park for five years, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

In addition to jail time, U.S. Magistrate Judge Margaret Kravchuck sentenced Schmidt to five years of probation.

Schmidt pleaded guilty Wednesday just before being sentenced on the disorderly conduct charge.

He was arrested Aug. 14 by park rangers after several beachgoers told a lifeguard that they had witnessed a man about 6 feet tall 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 in August 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.”

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

Schmidt faced up to six months in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

Two other men in the last 6 ½ 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.

BDN reporter Mario Moretto contributed to this report.

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