Man accused of flashing hotel employee

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OKLAHOMA CITY - An Arkansas man was arrested in downtown Oklahoma City Saturday afternoon for allegedly flashing a hotel employee.

Police said 29-year-old Aarron Joseph Farris of Fayetteville was taken into custody just outside the Sheraton hotel.

"They thrive on surprising people and shocking people," Dr. Stewart Beasley said, a psychologist who has counseled men who expose themselves.

According to a police report, Farris approached a maid on the fifth floor of the Sheraton to ask for a washcloth.

The report states, "As she got the towel, (Farris) turned toward her with his pajama pants pulled down," exposing his genitalia. "...(The employee) turned away and went back in the room."

"It's important to note that she's our only victim that we know of at this time," Master Sgt. Gary Knight said.

Knight said Farris was in town with his girlfriend and her daughter, who was involved in a cheer-leading competition just across the street at the Cox Convention Center.

"If he came upon a cheerleader somewhere by herself particularly, or maybe a couple of them, and he could shock them, I think he would have done that, had he been prepared for that," Beasley said.

After arresting Farris outside the hotel, police asked his girlfriend if Farris had been alone with her daughter during their trip to Oklahoma City.

According to the report, "...she said 'no, I am with her or she is with other cheer parents.'"

Dr. Beasley said because flashers love the power that comes with shocking people, the best way to react is how one department store clerk once reacted to a flasher.

"One of the clerks just had the presence of mind to start laughing at him and he was very flustered and ran out of the store, but as he was running out, the security caught him," Dr. Beasley said.

Dr. Beasley said that ridiculing reaction takes the power away from flashers, who are generally not violent.

Police said Farris' girlfriend told police that he claimed he had been arrested before for exposing himself.

They said Farris was carrying a prescription bottle containing marijuana when he was arrested outside the hotel.

He was booked on complaints of indecent exposure, engaging in an act of lewdness and drug possession.

The Sheraton hotel had no comment.

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