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Huron County sheriff's deputy charged with indecent exposure

Posted at 7:35 PM, Aug 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-13 19:35:03-04

LANSING, Mich. — A Huron County sheriff’s deputy was arraigned in court today after being accused of exposing himself multiple times to a Port Austin woman, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Thursday.

Patrick O-Brien has been charged with three counts of aggravated indecent exposure, a two-year high court misdemeanor.

The arraignment follows an investigation by Michigan State Police and a review of the case by the attorney general’s office.

The incidents took place Jully 26 and 27 in Port Austin, where O’Brien allegedly exposed himself multiple times intentionally and masturbated in an area visible to the public through a window of his home, according to a news release.

He was off-duty when the incidents took place.

O’Brien has been placed on administrative leave from the Huron County Sheriff’s Office.

“Police officers are expected to know the rules and we cannot turn a blind eye to those who choose to neglect their duties and violate the very laws they are meant to enforce,” Nessel said. “Since I took office, I have consistently advocated for law enforcement accountability, and my office will take action against anyone who breaks the law – regardless of whether they have a badge or not.”

The Huron County prosecutor recused himself from the case because of a conflict of interest.

O’Brien is scheduled to appear in court for a probable cause conference at 9 a.m. Sept. 3, and a preliminary exam at 9 a.m. Sept. 11.