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MASON CITY, IA – Dennis Vrba is facing two counts of Indecent Exposure stemming from an incident at a local YMCA, and today those who know Vrba best, are talking.
While County Attorney Carlyle Dalen focuses on the statements already made by Dennis Vrba when he took the stand, the defense focuses on trying to paint the picture of a naïve Vrba making a mistake.
“It is more of a product of him being in a situation that he’d never confronted before in his life. That he was looking at feelings and impulses that he had never had to face before and he was facing stimulation and again a situation that he had never, ever encountered in his life. So it was completely absolutely new,” said Dr. Dale Armstrong, a Psychiatrist with Mercy Medical Center North Iowa.
Meanwhile, his wife, Jeanne Vrba makes her debut as a witness and in her testimony she is agreeing this is something completely new for her husband.
“This is not something that these men or that he would have even entertained the thought of going anywhere with these men to do anything else,” said Jeanne Vrba.
The state is not convinced. County Attorney Dalen knows that this case relies heavily on Vrba’s own testimony given just weeks ago.
“As he said in his interview, he made a bad mistake. That’s what we’re talking about, a man even though he’s a little bit older in years, made a mistake and that mistake has effected a lot of people and that mistake has effected Joshua West,” said Dalen.
In closing arguments, a passionate Dalen pleads to the judge to hold Vrba accountable for his actions in public, in hopes that no victim will ever have to face any such behavior in public.
“If they want to do this, do it at home. Do it at an apartment somewhere. Take a hotel room and do it. It’s not illegal. You can do it any place you want as long as you’re not doing it in public and somebody sees you do that,” said Dalen.
Although according to the defense, there is no case if, there is no intent.
“The specific intent has to be that there is sexual arousal from doing a sex act in the presence or view of a third person. Not simply doing a sex act that was seen,” said Mike Byrne, Defense Attorney for Dennis Vrba.
If convicted, Vrba faces jail time and substantial fines for both counts of indecent exposure.
Two others have already accepted plea bargains in the case.
Today concluded with last arguments from both sides and according to Associate Judge Annette Boehlje, we expect to hear a verdict by September.