Tim Chapman found not guilty of indecent exposure
Bounty hunter Timothy Chapman was found not guilty of indecent exposure in Circuit Court today.
Chapman is a sidekick of Duane “Dog” Chapman, star of the popular “Dog the Bounty Hunter” reality television show.
He said in testimony today he was being paid “hundreds of thousands” of dollars a year for appearing on the show before it went off the air last year and he has not been a cast member since broadcasts resumed.
Chapman denied witness accounts that he appeared to be masturbating or fondling himself while sitting in a truck at the Ala Moana shopping center the evening of January 3, 2008.
He said he had spilled orange juice in his lap and moved into the back seat of the truck to clean himself off and change his pants.
Chapman said he doesn’t wear underwear and used baby wipes to clean his groin area before putting on another pair of pants.
Then he realized that his replacement pants were too loose and would fall off because he didn’t have a belt, he needed to put on a third pair of pants. Before doing that, he said, he cleaned his groin area again because it was still wet from the orange juice.
After he put on the the third pair of pants, a security guard arrived on the scene and ordered him to get out of the truck, Chapman testified.
Chapman said he and other cast members of the reality show had been warned by Duane Chapman’s wife Beth to avoid getting into situations that could lead to bad publicity, so he decided to leave the area.
He said he moved back into the front seat, and drove the truck over and sidewalk and left the area.
Under questioning from defense lawyer Brook Hart, Chapman said he believed no one could see him while he was in the back seat because of the truck’s tinted windows.
Asked if he was “concerned” because he wasn’t wearing underwear, Chapman said, “No, I figured I had enough privacy with the tinted windows.”
Chapman said he never saw a passing pedestrian who claimed she saw Chapman apparently masturbating while sitting in the front seat of the truck.
Security guard Jason Wessel testified that Chapman was in the driver’s seat when Wessel arrived at the scene and only moved to the back when he saw the guard.
Chapman wasn’t wearing pants, according to Wessel.
Wessel claimed that Chapman nearly ran him down when he drove away. That led to a felony charge of terroristic threatening, but Circuit Judge Richard Perkins dismissed that charge last week for lack of evidence.
The remaining charge is a petty misdemeanor.
Chapman explained that he had extra clothes in his car because he had moved out of his house after his wife had an affair and became pregnant.
His wife filed for divorce last week just as the criminal trial began.