- Posted August 7, 2014 by
Serial Sex Offender gets No Prison Time
David Lee Arnold pleaded guilty today in Ingham County Circuit Court to three counts of indecent exposure by a sexually delinquent person. Arnold, who is married, said he exposed his genitals at three different coffee shops in Meridian Township and East Lansing in 2013 and earlier this year.
The charge, involving repetitive and compulsive acts, is a felony punishable by up to life in prison. Arnold, a registered sex offender, has 17 convictions for indecent exposure, dating back to the early 1980s.
As part of an agreement with Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, he is expected to be sentenced to five years of probation and his jail term will not exceed one year. Sentencing is set for Sept. 24.
That agreement, however, requires Arnold to take medication intended to address his sexually delinquent behavior. The treatment involves taking “a series of pills” for 14 days followed by monthly injections, Arnold’s attorney, Craig Davis, said in court.
Davis said a psychologist in Maryland who specializes in these kind of cases has written a prescription. Davis told Aquilina he is looking for local pharmacy to fill the prescription.
As soon as that happens, Aquilina ordered Arnold to begin the treatment in the county jail before she sentences him. He is being held without bond.
“All of this is subject to the medications working,” she said, referring to the sentence agreement. “But just give me a hint, and the prison door is yours.”
Ingham County Assistant Prosecutor Debra Rousseau expressed doubts about the treatment, telling Aquilina: “Prison, probation, parole — that hasn’t made a difference. At this point, I don’t know what science will do.”
The first incident Arnold admitted to — at the Biggby Coffee on East Lake Lansing Road in Meridian Township — happened in February 2013 while he was on parole for another indecent exposure conviction in Kent County.
The second happened a month later at an East Lansing Biggby, after Arnold had been charged in the earlier case and was free on bond.
The third incident, in March of this year, happened at the Starbucks on Meridian Crossing Drive in Okemos. He was again free on bond.
In each, Arnold said he walked into the coffee shop and exposed his genitals.
“I did, purposefully,” he said responding to Aquilina’s questioning about the first incident.
In an interview, Davis said Arnold has never before undergone drug treatment, which he said has been “highly successful.”
Aquilina said in court that she was willing to find out if the treatment truly is a medical breakthrough.
“It’s the only thing that hasn’t been tried,” she said. “This is a human being, and I don’t throw away human beings.”
Written by Kevin Grasha, a reporter for the Lansing State Journal