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Sunday, October 02, 2016

Maryland woman arrested for indecent exposure in Rehoboth

Jennie Lee D. Martin, 37, of Chevy Chase, Md. was contacted by officers Saturday evening as she was walking topless in the first block of Wilmington Avenue causing concerned citizens to call the police.

At around 6:45pm, officers from the Rehoboth Beach Police Department were dispatched to the area of Wilmington Avenue and First Street for reports that a female was walking around with no shirt on. Officers were able to make contact with Jennie Lee Martin on Wilmington Avenue, near the Boardwalk. Martin, who was topless at the time police contacted her, complied with officer’s request to put her shirt on, but failed to provide officers with identification. Martin demanded that officers show her the law prohibiting her actions or any signs stating such.


Further on scene investigation revealed that prior to police arrival, a male witness, who observed several families hiding their children’s view of Martin, approached Martin and asked her to put her shirt on. Martin allegedly responded with profanity and spit on the man. Martin’s behavior and this particular altercation were witnessed by a nine year old child.

When officers attempted to take Martin into custody she refused to allow officer to place her in handcuffs. Officers were forced to restrain Martin and forcefully place her into handcuffs.
As a result of her arrest, Martin’s purse was searched and officers located marijuana consistent with personal use and a broken pipe inside.

Officers reported that an odor of alcohol was emanating from Martin when they were interacting with her.

Martin was arrested for 1 count of first degree indecent exposure, 1 count of resisting arrest, 1 count of possession of marijuana, and 1 count of disorderly conduct, which are all misdemeanor offenses. Martin was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in lieu of $1500.00 secure bail.

No injuries resulted from this incident.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

She needs to file a discrimination suit, men can go topless.

Anonymous said...

Good idea, 10:42. It's not like it isn't done elsewhere in the U.S.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like she had some issues beyond being topless.

Anonymous said...

I would need to see the video before forming an opinion.....lol

Anonymous said...

Let me see... a drunk girl with her top off holding weed. Reminds me of High School.

Anonymous said...

The current laws are sexist and should be changed.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe someone from fashionable Chevy Chase would behave in such a undignified manner. Now pass the Grey Poupon please.

Anonymous said...

Well, really, were there any signs posted that she couldn't be topless or are there any laws on the books stating she can't be topless? Seems to me she was minding her own business, not bothering anyone at all but some nosey so and so didn't like what they were seeing so called the police. Really??

Anonymous said...

Delaware law:
§ 764 Indecent exposure in the second degree; unclassified misdemeanor.

(a) A male is guilty of indecent exposure in the second degree if he exposes his genitals or buttocks under circumstances in which he knows his conduct is likely to cause affront or alarm to another person.

(b) A female is guilty of indecent exposure in the second degree if she exposes her genitals, breast or buttocks under circumstances in which she knows her conduct is likely to cause affront or alarm to another person.

Indecent exposure in the second degree is an unclassified misdemeanor.

Anonymous said...

"1 count of possession of marijuana"

Well one thing for sure she wasn't hiding it under her bra.

Anonymous said...

I believe she was "Identifying as a man" on the day in question.

Anonymous said...

7:19 - AWESOME!!!

Not Quite Understanding said...

I don't care if she's topless! Let her be free!

Anonymous said...

Someone will challenge this law. Saying it doesn't treat women the same as men.

Anonymous said...

And they will win! That is how it always works.

Anonymous said...

jim ireton was there with his "friend" and he was offended

Anonymous said...

Couldn't she claim she felt masculine, therefore, legally she can be topless in public?