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Bicyclist nabbed on Yough Trail

| Friday, May 11, 2012, 2:04 a.m.

Police say a Hempfield Township man who pedaled a panty-decorated bicycle onto the Youghiogheny River Trail was sighted just off the recreational path exposing himself and performing a sex act on a rock.

David Smith, 44, of Greengate Garden, Apt. B10, is being held in the Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of $5,000 straight bond. Rostraver Township police charged him with indecent exposure, open lewdness, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct after the incident Friday evening.

One witness reported to police that a nude Smith was lying on top of a rock, thrusting himself against it in a simulated sex act. Another told police that Smith stood on top of the rock exposing himself, his hand on his genitals.

Police said the witness reports began at about 7 p.m. According to the affidavit of probable cause filed in support of the charges against Smith, five youths under the age of 16 passed by Smith while the alleged actions were taking place.

Rostraver Sgt. Chris A. Pollack wrote in the affidavit that he noticed Smith smelled of alcohol. During a weapons search, police found a condom on Smith's penis, the affidavit states.

Women's underwear, gloves and rubber straps were tied to the frame of Smith's bicycle, police said. When officers asked him his name, he gave them only his driver's license number. He refused to say anything else except that police had no proof of what the witnesses contended he did.

Pollack wrote in the affidavit that Smith has a prior arrest record in Pennsylvania.

Smith faces a preliminary hearing on his recent arrest at 10 a.m. Monday before West Newton District Justice Charles Christner.

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