Topless Woman in an Ohio Park Leads to a Bust for Cops

Here’s a story I’ve had in the queue for a slow news day (Bill Richardson DID drop out today, but I’ve done enough election posts, so I’ll worry about that later):

I saw this on ABC and saved it, but the page has been taken down or moved, so I don’t have many details, but what happened was a woman Karla Snedeker (a HUGE thank you to Jennifer for getting me her name!) was sunbathing topless under a tree in Berliner Park (Columbus, Ohio).  Robin Garrison, an off duty fireman approached her and talked to her.  Eventually, she asked to see his penis, so he pulled it out and showed her.  Then cops in an unmarked van pulled up and arrested him, charging him with a misdemeanor of public indecency.  Being topless in the park is allowed, but anything more than that is against Columbus law.  Video footage taken by the police was used to help convict him resulting in an order to not go to the park, a fine of $250, and a year on probation.  The last update I heard was that he was on paid desk duty pending an internal investigation.  Garrison plans on appealing the case, arguing that the jury wasn’t given the definition of entrapment (I find this hard to believe, but I wasn’t there).

During his trial, his attorney, Sam Shamansky said, “Columbus police utilized this topless woman to snare this man.  He sees her day after day.  He’s not some seedy pervert.”  Many have accused the police of entrapment, including  Shamansky and Garrison.

(It should now be noted that originally ABC said that the woman was a police officer, but this is FALSE).  Is this entrapment?  I don’t know.  If the woman was doing this on her own and not doing it to help the police, then no, it’s not.  If the woman was doing this in cooperation with police, then yes, it is entrapment, even if she’s not a cop.  In my opinion, she shouldn’t be allowed to be topless in the park – it’s inappropriate.  So, Columbus needs to rethink their law.  Do I sympathize for Robin?  No – when you show yourself in a public place that’s breaking the law, even if it is entrapment, so he had it coming.  The question now is whether or not the police also broke the law (and it really depends how much the police had coordinated with the woman – who by the way, does anybody have a name for?  I can’t find it.  Again, thank you for the name Jennifer!).

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10 Responses to “Topless Woman in an Ohio Park Leads to a Bust for Cops”

  1. Snow Says:

    Well, Since she wasn’t arrested (as far as I know) then we must assume she was working with the police. The man was not exposing himself, but was, in his mind, participating in a consensual sexual act with a women. She asked to see him. She did’nt offer money….he assumes she has a real interest in him. Now, public sex in itself is illegal (I assume), but when his “partner” turns out to be a cop (or working for them), things get very murky.

    The wiki page talks of a “subjective” test…its not a trap if catches those willing to commit the crime. He wasn’t attempting to expose himself…he was attempting to engage in a public sex.

    If the court can’t show he has a predisposition to expose himself, then I would call it entrapment.

    The fact a woman can be topless in a city park is insane to begin with.

    ps what kind of person just whips it out cause a woman asks? geez.

  2. inkslwc Says:

    The woman wasn’t arrested because she didn’t do anything illegal. She didn’t have sex with him – she just asked him to pull it out. That’s not illegal (it should be). But topless sunbathing is perfectly legal in the publica park (again, it shouldn’t be).

    So although this sting is unethical and in my opinion counterproductive, it’s not entrapment since it’s not clear she was working with the cops. I think an investigation should’ve been done to see her involvement though.

  3. snow Says:

    if she has nothing to do with the cops,I would agree. but to the circumstance’s to me say she was.

    love the blog.

  4. inkslwc Says:

    The fact that they swarmed in seconds after he pulled it out would make me think that she was cooperating – otherwise the cops are just watching her (it sounds like she does this often since the firefighter’s lawyer says he’s seen her before) – and that’s kinda creepy. Again – an investigation needs to be done here and if they find that she was cooperating, it is entrapment and the proper course of action needs to be taken against the police department.

  5. Jennifer Says:

    Yes, the woman is Karla Snedeker. She was also involved with several other men (who were also arrest for the exact thing) in the same park on the same day. This is simply a case of the police using a disturbed, drunk woman to do a job they should have been able to do. Why weren’t they protecting this woman who was topless and publicly intoxicated? Why? Because she was doing their work!

  6. inkslwc Says:

    Not that I don’t believe you, but where is the citation that she was intoxicated?

  7. BAW Says:

    This definitely sounds like entrapment and the police should be investigated. I am not saying he should have done it but when they do some of these stings they make people who would not generally act like that do something.

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