CLARK COUNTY —
Several prescription pills that Wooten could not produce a prescription for were found in his nearby vehicle, and he was additionally preliminarily charged with possession of controlled substance, a class D felony.
A little more than two hours later, Curtis E. Gregory, 75, of Wellington Green in Clarksville, was approached by an undercover officer as he sat in a large shelter of eight to 10 picnic tables, Spainhour said. Spainhour said Gregory asked the officer if he was followed by anyone, and the officer responded, “Not that I am aware of,” to which Gregory responded by beginning to masturbate.
Spainhour said the entire incident took place in about 30 seconds.
Moments before 3 p.m., an officer pulled into a parking lot in the forestry and parked next to a vehicle occupied by William M. Gallman, 57, of Marysville. Spainhour said the two discussed the weather, the seclusion, and Gallman referenced previous sexual encounters on state property.
The officer left the area and told Gallman he was going to the restroom and when he returned, he found Gallman masturbating in his vehicle.
Spainhour said when an individual is charged with public indecency in the state properties, they may receive a one-year ban from the areas. He said conducting stings can mitigate those looking to solicit sexual favors in the parks, but added the offenders may fear the public embarrassment more than the charge itself.
Spainhour said the DNR will continue working to make state parks a safe for those who to enjoy their nature and amenities.
“In my opinion, these places are set up by the state of Indiana for recreators. Some people can’t afford a shelter by a lake to have a birthday party and want to use the property. Not everybody has the availability of what the state can offer,” Spainhour said. “The public should know there are men and woman in green uniforms to back them with any problem the have, whatsoever.”