No contest plea entered on indecent exposure charges
SUNBURY - A Locustdale man charged with flashing three females June 2 pleaded no contest Thursday morning to three counts of indecent exposure and was later released from prison after serving his minimum sentence.
Kevin S. Kerner, 26, of 57 Middle St., was sentenced by Northumberland County Judge Charles Saylor to 35 days to 23 months in jail. Since he was given credit for 35 days previously served in prison on the exposure charges and had his $1,000 cash bail on unrelated DUI charges reduced to unsecured bail, Kerner was released and remains free on parole.
Northumberland County Public Defender Paige Rosini, who represented Kerner, said the concurrent sentences on the indecent exposure charges are above the standard range for the offense.
Kerner also pleaded guilty to one count of driving under the influence of a controlled substance involving a separate incident, but won't be sentenced on that charge until he undergoes a drug and alcohol evaluation.
Three counts of open lewdness and one count of disorderly conduct involving the flashing incidents were not prosecuted.
Under a plea agreement involving the DUI incident, two additional counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance and one count each of driving under the influence of a combination of drugs, possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, failing to drive in a single lane and a turn signal violation will not be prosecuted at sentencing.
The DUI-related charges were filed June 25 by Mount Carmel Township Patrolman David Stamets Jr. in connection with an early-morning incident May 20 at Turkey Hill Minit Market in Strong.
Kerner was charged last month by Mount Carmel Cpl. David J. Donkochik in connection with two separate incidents in the borough when Kerner allegedly exposed himself to three different females near Fourth and Hickory streets and in the 300 block of South Market Street.
During an interview with police involving the indecent exposure incidents, Kerner admitted being the male seen in the surveillance photograph at the Dollar General Store that was released to the media. The store is only a few blocks away from where the incidents occurred, police said.
Kerner told police that prior to leaving the store, he urinated in his pants after speaking to the female clerk. He left the store and saw two females on porches near South Market Street. Kerner said he spoke to them about urinating in his pants and then pulled down his pants.
Kerner told police he also hid behind a parked car near at Fourth and Hickory streets and exposed himself to another woman.
He told police he also attempted to lure the woman, sprinted across the street and charged her. The victim began to scream and he ran away from the scene.
Kerner told police he urinates his pants for sexual gratification, especially when he is on speed.