This story, by Levi Pulkkinen, comes to us via our news partner seattlepi.com.
A 46-year-old Seattle man accused of dancing pants-less at a Green Lake neighborhood bus stop is facing felony indecent exposure charges.
According to charging documents, a passing driver called the police after spotting James R. Amundson’s bare behind at a Metro Transit stop in the 2200 block of North 80th Street.
Describing the 8:30 p.m. Jan. 19 incident, the man told police he circled the block once after seeing the pants-less Amundson standing rearward to traffic, according to charging documents. As he passed Amundson a second time, the man said Amundson had turned to face traffic and was touching himself.
Amundson, the man told police, “was dancing around and acting strangely,” according to charging documents.
Writing to the court, a Seattle police detective said the witness made a third pass, then stopped to wait for police to arrive.
The man told officers Amundson’s bizarre behavior continued. Amundson lay on his side and lifted one leg in the air, exposing himself, the man told police.
“(He) stated that he wished that he could get the image out of his head and that he was very disturbed by Amundson’s actions,” the Seattle detective told the court. “(He) stated that he … never would want his children to see something like that.”
Officers arrived and arrested the still-pants-less Amundson, according to charging documents.
“The defendant initially denied that he exposed himself,” Senior Deputy Prosecutor Carol Spoor told the court. “When he later spoke with the detective he said he had no memory of what had occurred because he had been drinking.”
Due to three earlier indecent exposure convictions, Amundson has been charged with felony indecent exposure. Prosecutors claim the offense was sexually motivated.
Initially jailed, Amundson has posted bond and was not in custody Monday morning.