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MASON CITY, IA – One Mason City man is on trial for two counts of indecent exposure after performing sexual acts at a local YMCA.
It’s been nearly a year since several reported incidents of indecent sexual behavior first took place at the Mason City YMCA and now Dennis Vrba is standing trial for two counts of indecent exposure at the very public place.
The first witness to take the stand was Joshua West of Mason City a maintenance worker at the “Y” who says he saw the men while he was cleaning the locker rooms last July.
“I immediately thought I was seeing things. I have never witnessed something like this in the Y before,” said West.
On two separate occasions, West recalls seeing Vrba involved in sexual acts with two different men.
When he went to get a second opinion on what was taking place the second time around, he didn’t get the answer he was expecting.
“I followed Josh to the sauna and I just looked in the glass window. I believe I probably said to him. I didn’t see anything to Josh and then I just walked back to my locker and finished dressing a getting prepared to go to work,” said Scott Swenson, YMCA Part-time employee.
Scott claims he remembers seeing Vrba sitting next to a man and nothing more, but despite his testimony, Vrba did admit to police that there was inappropriate touching that did take place but that it was not meant for anyone else to see.
“To be in a situation that predicament that would totally devastate me because I know that would be a disgusting thing for somebody to see,” said Vrba.
As part of the legalities of the indecent exposure charge, prosecutors are trying to prove that Vrba intended to shock others, for sexual gratification.
Indecent exposure can also be proven if the person knows the act is offensive to others viewing it.
“You understand it was offensive to Joshua West didn’t you, because the officers told you it was offensive to Joshua West. Is that correct?,” said Carlyle Dalen, Cerro Gordo County Attorney.
To which Vrba replied, “he indicated so, yes.”
The two other men involved in the case have since been given deferred judgements which includes one-year probation and requires them to register as sex offender for the next 10 years.
Those involved in the trial thought it would be finished today but it’s taking longer than expected.
The trial is set to continue on August 9th.