CLARK COUNTY —
Elmore and Berrios were taken to the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex in Jeffersonville before the detail was completed.
Spainhour said the DNR was pleased to team up with the Clarksville Police Department to conduct the operation.
“We were ecstatic they were willing to work with us,” Spainhour said. “It was a joint operation, and we look forward to working with them in the future.”
Spainhour explained that most of the interaction between officers and the men or women looking to solicit sexual favors is the same. He said there is usually a brief conversation about the weather, then a comment about being in a private area, then the offender begins to touch himself or attempt to touch the officer. He said it often happens quickly and that most of the sexual activity takes place during lunch and dinner hours.
STATE FOREST ARRESTS
On Friday, DNR set up an operation in Clark State Forestry and made four arrest between 12:30 and 3 p.m. Spainhour said the detail included two undercover officers and three uniformed officers.
He said Michael D. Mount, 69, of North Gardner Street in Scottsburg, was arrested after an interaction with an undercover conservation officer about 1 p.m.
The officer drove into a parking lot and walked to a nearby shelter. When he returned to the parking lot, he found Mount in a parked vehicle that had pulled close to the officer’s. Spainhour said Mount flashed his headlamps at the oncoming officer, even though it was the middle of the day.
As the officer approached the vehicle, “Mount was already manipulating himself then he exposed himself and asked the officer if he liked it,” Spainhour said.
Spainhour said the officer then exposed his state-issued DNR badge, and Mount was taken into custody.
At about the same time, the second undercover officer made an arrest in a different part of the forestry. The officer was sitting on a log when he was approached by Micheal S. Wooten, 51, of Riverpointe Plaza in Jeffersonville. Spainhour said there was, again, a brief conversation that included the statement, “Sure is private around here,” which was followed by Wooten suddenly reaching up the shorts of the officer. Wooten was also preliminarily charged with class B misdemeanor battery for the contact.