Salem man sentenced to jail for public indecency

LISBON, Ohio (WKBN) — A Salem man was sentenced to 30 days in the county jail after a Columbiana County jury found him guilty of public indecency.

The public indecency incident was reported September 16 by a woman who said she witnessed 62-year-old John Mehno expose himself where he had been working at the Memorial Building in Salem, according to the Morning Journal.

The Morning Journal reports that Mehno was the supervisor of the Ohio Works First program, which brings people to clean the building and do landscaping in order to receive cash assistance.

The woman testified that she finished a break and approached Mehno, who was sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot, to find out what her next assignment would be. She said Mehno, who was “fully exposed” told her to look and said he was “a sick man, a very perverted sick man.”

She said Mehno was on the phone during this time and sped away after the incident.

The Morning Journal reports that Mehno was questioned by police and told them that he did not know the woman was walking toward the vehicle, saying that he only unzipped his pants to scratch an itch.

Mehno’s girlfriend also testified on his behalf and said she was on the phone with Mehno during the incident, and she told the court that she hadn’t heard any of what the woman reported Mehno said.

As part of his sentence, Mehno was fined $250 and will have to go to counseling, but he will not be required to register as a sexual offender.

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