Arrested sans pants outside an Aurora Avenue Jack In The Box, five-time convicted flasher David Mesford is alleged to have explained he generally exposes himself only on Capitol Hill. There, he purportedly continued, unsolicited, unrequited public nakedness is "accepted and even encouraged."
King County prosecutors contend Mesford, 51, exposed himself to a car full of women and children who'd stopped for an early morning snack.
At 3:35 a.m. on Aug. 11, two women in a car with two girls, aged 8 and 15, pulled into the Jack In The Box parking lot at 8502 Aurora Ave. N. when Mesford approached their car.
According to charging papers, Mesford was naked and waving at the foursome. One of the women covered her 8-year-old daughter's eyes as they drove from the restaurant and called 911.
Police arrived to find Mesford driving from the area. According to charging papers he was naked from the waist down; the women subsequently identified him as their assailant.
Writing the court, a Seattle detective said Mesford subsequently admitted to exposing himself to the women and went on to explain why he typically only bares all elsewhere in the city.
"He claimed he usually exposes himself in the Capitol Hill neighborhood where it was 'accepted and even encouraged,'" the detective continued, recounting Mesford's statements to an officer. "Mesford reportedly told (the officer) that his intent in exposing his genitalia was to 'excite' people."
Mesford's rap sheet includes five convictions for indecent exposure, as well as two for lewd conduct. He has been charged with felony indecent exposure and remains jailed.