An Oak Harbor man accused of exposing himself to a teenage girl at a yard sale is facing a felony charge.
Prosecutors charged Jeffrey D. Conaway, 38, in Island County Superior Court June 30 with one count of felony indecent exposure.
The charge is a felony because Conaway has a prior conviction for indecent exposure in 2008, according to Island County Chief Criminal Prosecutor Eric Ohme.
A teenage girl reported that she was working at a yard sale on June 27 when a man who was buying clothes started talking to her. She then noticed that his penis was sticking out of the zipper in his jeans and was laying on the table in front of her, according to the police report.
The girl said she tried to avoid eye contact with the man; he asked her if he could go inside the house to try on clothes, but she said no.
The man left after the girl’s aunt arrived; the woman said she noticed the man staring at her niece and felt uncomfortable.
The woman called police after the girl told her what happened. The teen described the man and his vehicle to police.
The next day, the girl reported that she happened to see the man in his vehicle at a coffee stand.
A deputy arrived and questioned the man, who was identified as Conaway.
Conaway admitted he was at the yard sale but denied exposing himself to the girl, the report states.
The deputy arrested Conaway.
Conaway appeared in court Wednesday. Ohme asked Judge Vickie Churchill to hold Conaway on $5,000 bail.
Attorney Clare Bogdanowicz, who represented Conaway for the hearing, asked the judge to release him on his personal recognizance. She said he is self-employed and has strong ties to the community.
Churchill agreed with Bogdanowicz and released Conaway without bail.
If convicted of the crime, he could face from three to nine months in prison under the standard sentencing range.