Judge finds Chapman not guilty of indecent exposure

Published: Feb. 2, 2009 at 11:04 PM HST|Updated: Feb. 2, 2009 at 11:44 PM HST
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By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - A big court victory for a former co-star of the hit TV show "Dog, the Bounty Hunter." Late Monday afternoon, an Oahu judge found Timothy Chapman not guilty of indecent exposure.

Following his acquittal, Chapman spoke with reporters and called the week-long trial a "waste of taxpayer money."

The day starts with former reality TV star Timothy Chapman taking the witness stand in his own defense. He testifies he drove into the Bank of Hawaii parking lot at Ala Moana Center to change his jeans, after he spilled some orange juice.

"As I went to grab it, I actually hit it like that," he demonstrated with the cup in evidence.

"And what did that cause the cup to do?" Brook Hart, defense attorney, asked.

"It caused the cup to tip and the orange juice just spilled everywhere."

He says he first used baby wipes to mop up the juice on his genitalia.

A woman earlier testified she saw Chapman masturbating inside his parked truck.

"Defendant parked in that stall purposely to engage in the conduct for which he was charged," Wayne Tashima, deputy prosecutor, said in his closing arguments.

But Circuit Judge Richard Perkins finds no direct evidence that the defendant was aware the woman was watching and acted intentionally. The 43-year-old is acquitted on the indecent exposure charge.

"When our school teachers need more money, and we gotta reach in the tail to give them, we gotta reach inside the till to give them more money, the only thing we grab out for them is more excuses," Chapman said after the verdict. "And maybe this is part of the reason why. This is a blatant waste of taxpayer money."

Chapman says he would love to return to the hit TV show someday.

"It's been a long year," he said. "The only thing I really want to do right now is, I haven't seen my kids in two weeks, just go home to my children."

The judge in the jury-waived trial already found the defendant not guilty of the more serious charge of terroristic threatening last week. Prosecutors had said when security officers arrived at the scene that night, Chapman started his truck and sped off, nearly hitting one of guards.