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Rep. Keith Westmoreland Named Suspect In Second Indecent Exposure Case

In Nashville, there are even more accusations of indecent exposure against Rep. Keith Westmoreland, (R) Kingsport.

Wednesday, at a 5 p.m. press conference, Metro police spokesman Don Aaron said that in a review of cases by the sex crimes unit it appears that Westmoreland is a suspect in another indecent exposure case.

Westmoreland was arrested last week in Florida on seven felony charges that he exposed himself at a hotel in Sandestin.

On Monday, NewsChannel 5 revealed that Metro police warned Westmoreland in March after witnesses said Westmoreland exposed himself to a motel located across from his Nashville apartment.

During Wednesday's news conference, Aaron said that a newly uncovered case involving Westmoreland happened at the Holiday Inn Select on Elm Hill Pike on March 26.

Two girls, ages 13 and 15, told their mother that a man was exposing himself to them in the hotel's hot tub area.

The mother reported the incident to the hotel's management.

"When that notification was made, the suspect reportedly got out of the hot tub, hurriedly dressed, exited towards the parking lot, got into a vehicle and fled the hotel," Aaron said.

The victims wrote down the vehicle tag number and that number came back as belonging to Westmoreland.

When police interviewed the victims, the mother was unsure about prosecution. A few days later, when contacted by police, she declined to prosecute.

Aaron said in light of recent events, the police department would leave the Holiday Inn case against Westmoreland open.

The teens and the mother were from east Tennessee. Aaron said the police department would not name the victims because they are minors.

Westmoreland Target Of TBI Investigation NewsChannel 5 has learned that Westmoreland was the target of a recent Tennessee Bureau of Investigation probe, which adds to the growing list of troubling revelations against the Kingsport Republican lawmaker.

Westmoreland isn't talking, but he didn't dodge Wednesday's legislative session.

No one knew if he would show, but at 10 a.m. Westmoreland made his way to the state house chamber.

Westmoreland had nothing to say about the seven felony charges filed against him in Florida for indecent exposure.

He stood by his desk in the back of the room and was warmly welcomed by his colleagues.

"You've got cameras around and we'd avoid him like the plague if he wasn't well liked," said Rep. Ken Givens, (D) Rogersville.

Rep. Joe Armstrong, (D) Knoxville, said, "I didn't say a word to him. Patted him on the back and I know everybody has trials and tribulations in their life."

It seems Westmoreland's had his share.

NewsChannel 5 has learned he was the target of a TBI investigation for allegedly making harassing phone calls to a fellow lawmaker and his wife.

Representative Zane Whitson wouldn't talk on camera, but confirmed he asked the TBI for help.

Agents tracked the calls, some sexual in nature, to Westmoreland.

Whitson never pressed charges.

In a separate case, Westmoreland was in trouble with Metro police in March after guests at a hotel complained he was flashing them from his apartment next door.

This was the call made to 911 -- "Yes, this is the Days Inn on 7th and Union. We have a guy on the apartment and he's exposing himself and we have a hotel full of teenagers."

As it was, Westmoreland was warned. It was clear people at the hotel can see inside the apartment when windows are open, Metro police spokesman Don Aaron said.

Westmoreland's legislative office refers all questions to his attorney in Florida.

In a statement, they call the indecent exposure charges in Florida nothing more than innuendo and Westmoreland wants his day in court.

That will come in July.

1 posted on 06/19/2002 7:57:13 PM PDT by GailA
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Obviously one sick sumbitch. He decided to take care of his problem permanently.
62 posted on 06/20/2002 4:21:31 AM PDT by RightOnline
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"The teens and the mother were from east Tennessee. Aaron said the police department would not name the victims because they are minors.

This strikes me as odd - The "victims" being from Tennessee while the offense took place in Florida. I smell a frame job and I smell a RAT. I may be totally wrong here, but who knows. Hopefully, this will be investigated a bit further. Regardless, its too bad it had to end this way.

65 posted on 06/20/2002 4:48:28 AM PDT by meyer
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Anyone know if he's related to General William Westmoreland?
http://www.uwm.edu/People/mbra dley/westmoreland.html
69 posted on 06/20/2002 5:58:53 AM PDT by ez2muz
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Too bad he didn't at least have the decency to change party affiliation before he killed himself.
74 posted on 06/20/2002 8:22:37 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost
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I caught the tail end of a radio report at lunch. I believe a Tennessee legislator was quoted as saying that the sort of pressure they're under makes people do strange things. I hope to goodness that supporters of an income tax aren't going to attempt to use this incident as some sort of lever.
85 posted on 06/20/2002 11:42:27 AM PDT by fury86
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NewsChannel 5 has learned he was the target of a TBI investigation for allegedly making harassing phone calls to a fellow lawmaker and his wife. Representative Zane Whitson wouldn't talk on camera, but confirmed he asked the TBI for help. Agents tracked the calls, some sexual in nature, to Westmoreland.
The agents themselves should have pursued the case, too, it's their duty to serve the people, not lick the boots of lawmakers. Whitson never pressed charges.

As a lawmaker, Whitson owed it to Tennessee to press charges, and not let himself or another lawmaker be set safely away from the reach of the law.

87 posted on 06/20/2002 11:49:14 AM PDT by ValerieUSA
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Whatever happened to Lance Rentzel?
91 posted on 06/20/2002 1:42:29 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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He must have received a call from Tom Lantos.
101 posted on 06/20/2002 4:07:35 PM PDT by Consort
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Nothing is ever worth taking your own life over.
102 posted on 06/20/2002 4:15:20 PM PDT by VA Advogado
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At least it wasn't on TV, ala Bud Dwyer.

My condolensces to this man's family.

106 posted on 06/21/2002 9:02:36 AM PDT by Bella_Bru
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