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Man arrested after exposing himself on flight, blames peppermint oil

By Mason White 11:40 AM August 18, 2013
Stuart Ronald Clarke 

By: Sarah Weiss
A Utah man was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct related charges after undressing during a flight in front of several women, according to a statement released by the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

The FBI said that a man faces federal charges of lewd and lascivious conduct after being accused of exposing himself to two women during a flight to Salt Lake City.

The woman sitting next to Stuart Ronald Clarke of Provo, on a Delta Air Lines flight from Minneapolis, reported the behavior to flight attendants, according to a search warrant application from the FBI.

Clarke, 49, left the airport before authorities arrived. Several days later, he told investigators that he exposed himself because he rubbed peppermint oil on his private parts. He said he put oil on his forehead in order to get rid of a headache and then went to the bathroom with the oil still on his hands.

“It was burning,” Clarke told investigators. He then put his coat over himself and started scratching and adjusting his crotch, according to the charge sheet. He admitted to investigators that he unzipped his pants because he felt uncomfortable.
When the FBI asked Clarke why he did not return to the bathroom to fix his problem, Clarke said that water would have only made ​​things worse.

He faces a trial next month.