TRAVERSE CITY — A man faces a potential jail sentence after police said he flashed two people and walked around a neighborhood naked.
Michael Dennis Gauthier, 52, sits behind bars at Grand Traverse County’s jail after deputies arrested him and prosecutors charged him in two cases on three indecent exposure misdemeanor charges. He was scheduled to appear for an 86th District Court video arraignment hearing Thursday.
Prosecutors filed one of the charges after three people reported seeing him get out of his car and walk naked around a residential community near Scenic Ridge and Creekside Drive in Blair Township on April 18 just before 7:30 a.m., sheriff's Lt. Chris Barsheff said.
Deputies arrested him after finding his car nearby.
Gauthier posted bond and was released at some point and earned more charges after deputies said he found more people to flash.
A 13-year-old girl sitting in the front yard of her South Manorwood Drive home in Blair Township played on her phone Monday just before 7 p.m. He flashed his buttocks at her after she heard Gauthier walk down the street and yell at her parents, said sheriff's Capt. Randy Fewless.
Gauthier flashed her a second time after she asked, “What’s wrong with you?” Fewless said her parents chased him, but he fled on a Bay Area Transportation Authority bus.
Fewless said deputies met with the bus driver to try to identify the flasher, but received another call during the interview from a woman claiming a man with the same description flashed her his buttocks and genitalia while she drove on Vance Road near Sawyer Road.
She told deputies he pulled his pants down as she drove and stopped at the Sawyer Road intersection. Deputies found the man walking on the side of Vance Road. He denied the exposure, Fewless said. The accusers were brought to the scene and identified the man as the flasher.
Deputies arrested the man and recorded his blood-alcohol levels at 0.06 percent.
He was additionally seen “mooning” passersby Sunday near the Blair Township Rite Aid, deputies said. He claimed his pants fell down and the deputy gave him a ride home before being arrested the next day.
The charges could send Gauthier to jail for up to one year, if convicted. It’s not clear when he next will appear in court.