(KMOV) – Police say a man was caught exposing himself at a Clayton restaurant and they say it wasn’t his first time.
Ruben B. Hicks, Jr., 66, has at least fifteen prior convictions of sexual misconduct dating back to the early 1990s. He was charged again with second-degree sexual misconduct for exposing himself in August at Café Napoli and The Wheelhouse.
Police say they think this man poses a danger to the community.
“He scares away my clientele, my traffic that comes to eat dinner here, to enjoy this area,” said Robert Fossner, Bocci Bar manager.
He was not alone; restaurant staff across the street and a few blocks down has all spotted Hicks exposing himself.
St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch said his office pushed for the maximum sentence.
“Now, when we get him again, we put him in as long as we can,” said McCulloch.
When asked if there was anything else that could be done, McCulloch said,” Well, there really isn’t. Unless, there are mental health courts, but it’s not applicable, I don’t think in this particular situation. And a stage of the game, the best thing we have is to keep him off the street as long as we can.”
The maximum time is a year, because it’s a class A misdemeanor and because of its classification, it doesn’t qualify for the sex offender registry.
Clayton Police have taken note of his prior convictions, and say they’ve done what they can. But that’s not sitting well with everyone...
“I’m a guy that wants to give somebody a second chance but to me, this guy, obviously is a nuisance. And who knows? I’m a father, I’ve got two daughters. And I would be mortified by the fact if they ran into him,” said Fussner.