Michael Charles Wharton
(DOC file photo)
By Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A 64-year-old sex offender from Stillwater has been given a three-year prison term followed by 10 years of probation for indecent exposure on two separate occasions — at a business on W. 6th Avenue on Feb. 14 and again while walking on Perkins Road on June 1 when he also had methamphetamine in his possession.
Michael Charles Wharton, who had previously been convicted of indecent exposure twice, pleaded guilty on Aug. 15 to his latest charges before Associate District Judge Michael Kulling. On his release from prison, Wharton must comply with sex offender registration requirements.
In his latest case, Wharton was arrested at 1:53 pm on June 1 by Stillwater Police Officer Charles Rivas, who had been sent to the area of Hall of Fame Ave. and Perkins Road regarding a report of indecent exposure, his affidavit said.
“I asked Michael if he had been showing his ‘junk’ to people. He told me he has not been. While Officer Byron Goree continued talking to Michael, I observed Michael reach into his right pocket,” and pull his right hand out before a small baggy of methamphetamine fell on the grass, Officer Rivas wrote in his affidavit.
“Michael was carrying a gym bag and had the bag positioned to the front of his body; the bag was covering his genitalia area. I observed Officer Goree take hold of the bag to remove it from Michael. Officer Goree then told me Michael’s genitalia was hanging out of the zipper of his shorts.
“I then searched Michael and found a meth pipe in his front left shorts pocket. I asked Michael when he last smoked meth. He told me he had smoked meth this morning,” Officer Rivas wrote in his affidavit.
Officer Goree’s affidavit supplement added, “I observed that he had an emblem on the bottom right corner of his DL stating he was a sex offender. I inquired about the emblem, and Michael told me that he had been a registered sex offender since 99′,” when he was caught exposing himself.
According to court records and the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, when Wharton was living in Glencoe he was convicted of:
* indecent exposure in 1996 in Payne County for which he was given five years of probation with a sex offender’s program in 1997;
* indecent exposure, three counts, in 1999 in Payne County for which he was given three years of probation in 2001;