A man has been charged with committing lewd and obscene acts after he was arrested at the Capitol Visitor Center last week on suspicion of exposing himself to minors.
Stephen William Whitney, 46, was taken into custody June 15 after three minors told Capitol Police that he had flashed his genitals at them while they were waiting in line to get into the building, according to police reports.
The boys were on a school trip from a California middle school, said Angelica Garcia, the mother of a 14-year-old boy who was one of the complainants.
She was not there but said her son called her that day to explain the situation to her.
“They were walking, gathering to walk into the tour,” Garcia said when reached by telephone Wednesday. “Some man was exposing his private area to him and to other kids.”
The boys were interviewed and an officer identified Whitney at the North Mezzanine Exit of the CVC based on their description.
Officers arrested Whitney on suspicion of enticing a minor and took him to headquarters for processing.
“The only thing that came to my mind was, ‘Oh my God, what kind of person is this?’” Garcia said. She said her son and the other middle schoolers are home safe now.
Whitney was arraigned June 16 and is awaiting an October trial in D.C. Superior Court, according to court records. He has pleaded not guilty.
His attorney, Megan Allburn, declined to comment.
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