AUSTIN, TEXAS – A 20-year old Occupy Austin protester arrested Sunday morning at City Hall is charged with exposing his private parts and masturbating in front of a 16-year old girl.
Jarod Smith was arrested and charged with indecency with a child, which is a third degree felony.
It happened around 6 a.m. Sunday morning. The 16-year old girl told police that she was sitting on the steps of the amphitheater at City Hall Plaza where the Occupy Austin protesters have set up camp.
She said she saw Smith undress right in front of City Hall and get in a sleeping bag. Apparently, undressing in the open in front of City Hall is an accepted practice. She looked away, but a short time later she turned to see the man was fully exposed, looking her in the eyes and masturbating.
The 16-year old then went and made contact with a security guard who contacted police.
Smith was arrested and taken to the Travis County Jail.
Over 40 Occupy Austin protesters have been arrested since the group descended on Austin’s City Hall Plaza on October 6.