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Posted on Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 8:41 a.m.

Man accused of exposing himself to undercover police officer in Ann Arbor

By Lee Higgins

A 43-year-old man is accused of exposing himself to an undercover police officer in August on East University Avenue and resisting arrest, Ann Arbor police said.

Charles Allan Schendel, of Monroe, is charged with aggravated indecent exposure and resisting and obstructing police.

He was arraigned Wednesday in 14A District Court in front of Magistrate Camille Horne and released on a promise to appear.

According to police and court records, Schendel was watching women as they were walking down the sidewalk in the 800 block of East University Avenue about 1:30 a.m. on Aug. 7. He struck up a conversation with a woman, who was an undercover police officer, and made sexual references, police said. During that conversation, police said Schendel's genitals were exposed.

Another officer ordered Schendel to the ground, police said, but he tried to get away before being taken into custody. University of Michigan police assisted in the investigation.

Schendel is scheduled to return to court Dec. 7 for a preliminary hearing.

Lee Higgins covers crime and courts for He can be reached by phone at (734) 623-2527 and email at


Elaine F. Owsley

Sat, Nov 19, 2011 : 1:06 p.m.

Picked an undercover police officer! What's that old saying? "If it weren't for bad luck, he'd have no luck at all."

Berda Green

Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 4:14 p.m.

he needs help and glad he was caught


Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 3:56 p.m.

What if he was suffering from priapism from too much viagra and no one would believe that he needed to get to a hopsital fast. Real condition no joke.


Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 3:27 p.m.

I suspect if the officer had just laughed (very hard) and made some reference to Seinfeld and shrinkage, it may have been more effective in the long run, but we will let this play out in the courts and see what happens. I just hope the perpetrator doesn't end up getting the short end of the stick.


Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 3:07 p.m.

This story leaves many interesting questions unanswered. First, were the suspect's genitals exposed from the start of the conversation, or did he expose them during subsequently? If it's the former, he may conceivably use simple carelessness in "leaving the barn door open" as a defense. Second, how was he apprehended when he attempted to flee? The story omits the details of a potentially exciting police chase. Either way, the office involved is to be commended.


Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 3:19 p.m.

I know I'm excited to hear more details! Will wait for them with uh..... bated breath...

Wolf's Bane

Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 3:01 p.m.

Oh god, this is disturbing and so sick.


Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 2:58 p.m.

Probably wasn't to hard to catch him after he started running. Hard to move fast with your pants around your ankles. Or so I have read....


Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 2:57 p.m.

If this man was released on a promise to appear on Dec 7, It sounds to me like he is STILL on the streets. IS he??


Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 2:54 p.m.

That was in August. I wonder why >90 days elapsed before the arraignment?


Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 2:40 p.m.

Curious, was this part of a plan to catch the rapist? The use of an undercover police officer at 1:30am in the morning is telling. Only because the AAPD used this same method to catch another rapist around the Packard St. area a couple of years ago or so. Was this recommended by the FBI as part of a stragery? Or, did the AAPD come up with this idea on their own? What other methods were/are used that we're not aware of? Not that it matters much, and I'm glad they've taken this person off the streets, but I wonder how long this person had been lurking in the city and what other areas he might had been at.


Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 2:26 p.m.

Another pervert off the streets

Jojo B

Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 2:38 p.m.

Off the streets for 3 days.