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Man wanted for open lewdness turned himself in after friends sees his pictures on Facebook

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 9/17/18

A Swatara Township man has turned himself into police after realizing he had been caught on a home video surveillance system masturbating while naked on the property of a residence in the 100 block …

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Man wanted for open lewdness turned himself in after friends sees his pictures on Facebook

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A Swatara Township man has turned himself into police after realizing he had been caught on a home video surveillance system masturbating while naked on the property of a residence in the 100 block of Highland Street in Lower Swatara Township.

Lower Swatara police have charged David Howard Smith, 40, of the 3000 block of Wayne Street, with open lewdness, defiant trespass, and disorderly conduct, all misdemeanors.

He was to be arraigned on the charges today before District Judge Michael Smith, according to online court records. A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 11.

Smith allegedly committed the offense Aug. 30, according to police. The homeowner was out of town but upon returning on Sept. 8 contacted police immediately after seeing the image of the man allegedly committing the act.

Lower Swatara police posted an image of the man which was made available to the public and news media throughout the township Facebook page and other social media.

The man was completely naked, other than wearing a Penn State baseball hat and carrying a pink T-shirt, police said.

A friend of Smith’s saw Smith’s image on Facebook, and sent the image to Smith.

On Sept. 13 Smith called Dauphin County Dispatch to identify himself as the person in the image.

“He didn’t know” he had been captured on video by the home surveillance system, Lower Swatara Police Detective Robert Appleby told the Press & Journal.

Smith had parked his car at the far end of Highland Street and jogged to the other end of the street, where a lane to the victim’s residence is located, according to arrest papers township police have filed with District Judge Michael Smith.

Smith told police he thought he was all alone and that the property was an abandoned cabin. However, the criminal complaint filed by police refers to no trespassing signs being posted “thoroughly around the perimeter” of the residence.

Smith then took his clothes off and told police that he had gotten “caught up in the moment.” He also told police that he "got freaky," according to the criminal complaint.

Smith has taken full responsibility and is cooperating with police, Appleby said.