Update: Friends of man arrested for sexual indecency are shocked

Update: Friends of man arrested for sexual indecency are shocked

A man is in jail, charged with sexual indecency after police say he exposed himself at a local park on Monday. He was in court Thursday.
Family and friends of Scotty Vest are shocked because Vest faces three counts of sexual indecency with a child. When North Little Rock Police arrested him at Burns Park he had on women's clothing.

"Do what you can for me baby, I love you." A plea to his wife is almost the only thing Scotty Vest had to say during this morning's hearing.

Judge Jim Hamilton says, "Mr. Vest you are charged with three counts of sexual indecency with a child. All three of those are felonies, very serious matters, do you understand what you're charged with?"

But his friends and family are having a hard time with those charges. Vest's wife didn't want to go on camera but her friend tells us the man wearing women's clothing, accused of masturbating in front of children at Burns Park is not the Scotty they know.

"She's just not handling this well at all, just 100 percent total shock to her. She had no clue of anything that was going on," says Julie Freymuth.

"I do show an indecent exposure conviction in 1993 in Jonesboro circuit court," says Blake Byrd, Pulaski County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney

Despite that revelation, Freymuth says the family is not concerned over the relationship Vest had with his stepdaughter.

"Children once they're bothered by an adult they start shying away, they won't run up and hug you and kiss you or anything like that so no she has no concern that he touched her daughter," says Freymuth.

Vest's bond is set at $250,000, he's ordered to have no contact with the three children involved in this case and burns park is off limits to him. "If you are seen anywhere in the vicinity of Burns Park certainly on any of the premises you will be arrested and returned to jail," says Judge Hamilton.

If Vest gets out of jail his wife doesn't plan to be there, she's filing for divorce.
She says she getting threatening phone calls because of this. The couple has been together for five years but married about seven months.

Vest heads back to court April 22nd.

Man in women's clothes charged with 3 count sexual indecency with a child

North Little Rock Police arrested 39 year old Scotty Vest for sexual indecency outside a women's bathroom, near a playground at Burns Park. Vest was arrested Monday after police say he exposed himself and masturbated in front of three children, two are 11 and one is 12, while trying to lure them inside the bathroom.

Those three children ran to a group of adults nearby and asked for help. "They came up to me and they were waiving at me and next thing I know they're running down the hill you know, 'call the cops, call the cops, there is this man there's this man dressed up as a woman and he's playing with himself,'" says Mary Stafford.  

"I was the first one over there next to him. He didn't notice me at first. He was just leaning against the wall playing with himself. He was wearing a wig, a blonde wig, a big stuffed bra and a white thong with his private parts hanging out," recalls Paul Hohnbaum. 
"He got up and he looked really startled...then the rest of the people came up. He was trying to tell us, he was trying to justify, 'I apologize, I didn't mean to get the kids involved.' And he opened up the door stuck his head out like this. We came up kicked the door and it shoved him in here," says Hohnbaum.

While someone called 911, Paul and several others leaned against the door to keep Vest inside the bathroom until police arrived. During that time, Vest changed into a mini skirt.

"It's really upsetting to know that somebody was doing this like it was nothing," says Stafford.

Vest is charged with three counts of sexual indecency. He's being held at the Pulaski County jail on no bond.
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