Batavia Township, Ohio – Bail was set at $1,500 Wednesday for a Cincinnati police officer charged with public indecency for allegedly exposing himself to several employees of a Sears store in Clermont County.
Robert W. McDonough III of the 8900 block of East Kemper Road said nothing during his arraignment in Municipal Court. Jailed after his Tuesday arrest, he was handcuffed and shackled.
Defense attorney Scott A. Rubenstein, who entered a plea of not guilty, said McDonough, 38, had no criminal history.
Magistrate Robert M. Lamb of Municipal Court ordered McDonough to stay out of all Sears stores and Eastgate Mall if he makes bail. A June 22 hearing was scheduled for the officer, who is assigned to District 3.
“The allegations are troubling, especially considering Mr. McDonough’s status,” the magistrate said.
McDonough “pulled his zipper down while not wearing underwear” when inside the department store at Eastgate Mall, according to an affidavit signed by Detective John Pavia of the Union Township Police Department. “During an interview, he advised that he pulled his zipper down and went up to several people inside Sears in an attempt to determine who would advise him that his zipper was down.”
Surveillance video showed McDonough exposing himself May 3, according to Lt. Scott Gaviglia of the Union Township Police Department. He was tracked through a purchase he made at the store. McDonough turned himself in after being contacted by Union Township police.
“He spent some time at Sears,” Gaviglia said. “There were a number of people who observed his behavior.”