Props to the Cops: “Metro Transit Police announce conviction for indecent exposure in first case to benefit from online reporting”

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In the first case to benefit from new online customer reporting tools, Metro Transit Police (MTPD) today announced the conviction of Robert Lee Scott, Jr., 48, of Capitol Heights, Md., for two counts of indecent exposure within the Metrorail system.

On July 26, Metro Transit Police responded to Reagan National Airport Station for a report of a male subject masturbating aboard a train. Responding officers detained Scott based on witness descriptions, and he was positively identified at the scene by two passengers who were aboard the train.

Because Scott’s description and actions were similar to two open indecent exposure cases being investigated by MTPD, a transit police detective responded to the scene to further question Scott.

The responding detective found that Scott was wearing a shirt bearing the logo of a popular national restaurant chain. The restaurant shirt matched descriptions from two previously reported incidents: one reported online earlier the same day and one reported the previous day.

Scott was arrested and charged with two counts of indecent exposure in Virginia (§ 18.2-387). He pled guilty to the charges on Monday (August 27) and was sentenced on each charge to 12 months in jail, 10 of which were suspended. He was also found guilty of one count of giving false identity to a law-enforcement officer (§19.2-82.1) and sentenced to 12 months in jail, 10 of which were suspended. Two of the sentences will run concurrently; as a result, Scott is expected to serve a total of four months in the Arlington County Detention Center.

“I commend our customers for reporting these incidents and Metro Transit Police for pursuing this case and others like it,” said Metro General Manager and CEO Richard Sarles. “Through reporting and active police work, we are sending a message that inappropriate sexual conduct will not be tolerated on Metro.”

Metro’s online sexual harassment reporting tool, located at, allows someone who feels they were sexually harassed to report the incident directly to Metro Transit Police using a web-based form. Information submitted through the web portal is immediately transmitted to Metro Transit Police for follow-up action, and people who report incidents have the option of remaining anonymous. Metro has also established an email address (harassment [at] wmata [dot] com) to allow victims to send photo or video files to assist an investigation.

Scott is also expected to face one count of misdemeanor sexual abuse for the incident reported online, which allegedly occurred on July 25 aboard a train at Foggy Bottom Station.

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  • With all the grumpy people on metro, it’s kind of refreshing that one gentleman found a way to make his commute pleasurable. Perhaps if we all followed his lead, the world would be a more peaceful and contented place. Is a little monkey scratching really so bad?

  • Four months? That’s all he gets?

    • Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you one of the millions of reasons why America has the highest incarceration rate in the world.

      Advocating harsher punishments is always a sure vote-getter in this country. Despite the fact that we already punish more harshly than any other First World country, and that we keep more of our citizens behind bars than ANY country anywhere.

  • “The responding detective found that Scott was wearing a shirt bearing the logo of a popular national restaurant chain.”

    Chick Fil-A?

  • 4 months out of a possible 24? Yeah…you showed him!

    He will be out in 2

    • Exactly, 4 months is nothing with early release. I just put in for a leave of absence from work (I’m calling it a research sabbatical to study the failings of our legal system) and I’m going to whip it out and ‘shake hands with the Governor’ on the commute home, if you know what I mean.

  • Four months seems appropriate to me. That’s a long time to be in jail. He just took out his buddy for people to see. Does a year behind bars really make sense, especially given how light sentences are for violent youth?

    • yeah but all the youth of this city are actually really good kids who never been in trouble before

      • The youth of this city — or at least the black, male youth of this city — are born into a life where over 30% of their peers will eventually serve a prison sentence.

        At some point, you have to recognize that something has gone very wrong here, and it won’t be fixed by doubling down on the neglect-them-then-cage-them approach.

        And yeah, they were good kids. Until we — collectively — set the conditions for them to become felons at a rate 20 times higher than their Ward 3 counterparts.

        • I had NO idea Phil Mendelson posted here. Phil, you left your Monstro Buttplug at my place. I bleached it for you. Call me.

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