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CMU biology staff member charged, fired after indecent exposure

Ryan Wheeler

Ryan Wheeler

Central Michigan University Police identified the suspect arrested for indecent exposure in late February as a staff member in the biology department.

Ryan Lee Wheeler, a 33-year-old Mount Pleasant resident, waived his arraignment for two counts of indecent exposure and one count of disorderly conduct occurring on Feb. 20.

CMUPD responded to a call at about 3 p.m. of a complaint of a man exposing his genitals while inside a parked red van in parking lot 22 near Washington and Preston streets.

“He was alone,” said CMUPD Chief Bill Yeagley. “There was nothing to indicate intoxication.”

Before making the arrest, CMUPD Detective Michael Sienkiewicz said he noticed the van and watched it until he saw Wheeler expose himself to others who passed by the windows of the van.

Police said Wheeler had no previous criminal record before the incident.

“It was Detective Sienkiewicz who observed him take his pants down and expose his buttocks and genitals, while he was seated in his vehicle,” said CMUPD Lt. Larry Klaus. “We got a male student who witnessed it, a female student who witnessed it and a detective also witnessed it.”

Klaus said Wheeler was a temporary staff member at CMU at the time of the incident. He and was terminated following the Feb. 24 arrest.

“He didn’t speak with the officers, so we have no idea why he was conducting himself that way,” Klaus said. “I’m sure on a campus community, you have people exposing themselves, but not in the way we found that day.”

Wheeler’s hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. on April 9 in Judge Eric Janes’ courtroom.

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