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Guard questioned about conflicting statements at Chapman trial

Timothy Chapman Timothy Chapman
Jeremiah Rasmussen Jeremiah Rasmussen
Jason Wessel Jason Wessel
Wayne Tashima Wayne Tashima
Police say that the indecent exposure occurred near Bank of Hawaii at Ala Moana Center in Honolulu Police say that the indecent exposure occurred near Bank of Hawaii at Ala Moana Center in Honolulu

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - A former co-star of the TV show 'Dog, the Bounty Hunter' is on trial for allegedly masturbating in a parking lot at Ala Moana Center.

A security guard who confronted him that night found himself on the hot seat Tuesday.

Timothy Chapman is charged with terroristic threatening and indecent exposure. Two men who used to work as security officers at the center were called to the witness stand Tuesday.

Former guard Jeremiah Rasmussen says he saw reality TV star Timothy Chapman in the flesh after responding to a report of a man fondling himself inside a truck parked in the Bank of Hawaii lot.

"The suspect had jumped from the front seat into the back seat," he said. "As I was watching, I could visibly see his genitalia."

The defense maintains Chapman spilled orange juice on his lap, and was trying to change his clothes.

"Officer (Jason) Wessel was giving orders for the suspect to step out of the vehicle for questioning," Rasmussen testified. "At least three times."

Prosecutors say Chapman nearly hit Rasmussen's partner with his truck as he fled the scene.

"He had steered the vehicle in the direction of security officer Wessel and proceeded to accelerate," Rasmussen said.

On the stand, Jason Wessel finds himself on the defensive. Chapman's attorney suggests the former security guard is offering testimony that's helpful to prosecutors because of his own terroristic threatening arrest last June.

"You're hoping they'll actually recommend a deferral, right?" Brook Hart, defense attorney, asked.

"Yes, sir," Wessel replied.

Wessel says he gave conflicting statements on whether he actually saw Chapman pulling up his pants because he panicked.

"When you testified in court, you admitted you didn't see it," Wayne Tashima, deputy prosecutor, said.

"Yes, sir," Wessel responded.

"Why, why did you say that in your report if you didn't actually see it?" Tashima asked.

"I do not know, sir," Wessel replied.

The non-jury trial is set to resume Thursday.

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