Mechanic charged with exposing himself headed to trial
SALEM — A car mechanic arrested in June after a police officer allegedly caught him exposing himself while sitting in a customer’s car outside of a department store is expected to take his case to trial in October.
A district court judge has set an Oct. 2 trial date for Mark Rice, 44, of Hooksett, who faces two counts of indecent exposure.
Rice, who has prior arrests on similar charges in Massachusetts, was arrested on June 6 about 12:06 p.m. while he was on his break from where he worked at Salem Ford, police said.
An anonymous female caller tipped off police.
The woman told police she spotted Rice sitting in the car parked six spaces away from the front entrance of a Marshal’s store on Route 28 — about a mile from where Rice worked, according to police.
Salem police Officer Robert Holland found the black Hyndai Sonata with a Massachusetts registration that was described by the caller.
Holland stepped out of his cruiser and walked to a spot where he could see Rice in the driver’s seat, police said. Rice was looking down at his lap at the time, police said.
Holland approached the driver’s side window where he could see that Rice had his fly down and was touching his genitals, police said.
After Holland knocked on the window, Rice looked up at the officer and quickly fixed his pants and zipped them up, police said.
Holland then asked Rice to step out of the vehicle, police said.
Rice has been arrested twice before on similar charges — in Billerica, Mass. in 1996, and by Boston police in 1998 for open and gross lewdness, police said. During the investigation, Holland learned where Rice was employed as a technician and that he was on break in a customer’s car at the time of his arrest. Rice was released on $500 cash bail.