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Man who pleaded guilty to public indecency at local park seeks pardon from Inslee

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Scriber Lake Park (From City of Lynnwood)

SEATTLE (AP) — A 50-year-old Renton man who pleaded guilty to public indecency in the 1990s is seeking a pardon from Gov. Jay Inslee.

Rodney Antonson exposed himself to an undercover police officer in a Lynnwood park in 1995.

The Seattle Times reports that Antonson’s attorney says his request to the governor could have implications for dozens, possibly hundreds, of gay men arrested in past police sting operations.

Antonson’s attorney calls it a clear case of entrapment because the arresting officer first suggested sex.

Antonson was among 27 men arrested in two months at Scriber Lake Park in what police called an “undercover emphasis patrol.” Gay-rights advocates say similar stings occurred across the country.

The pardon request is not a lawsuit and does not seek financial damages.

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