BAD AXE (WWJ/AP) – The son of the late sex research pioneer Dr. William H. Masters has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and ordered not to enter Michigan’s Port Crescent State Park as part of an indecency case.
William H. Masters III also was placed on 18 months’ probation Monday in Huron County Circuit Court in Bad Axe.
Defense attorney Dennis Johnston says the sentence “is typical for the region.”
The 61-year-old Masters pleaded guilty in December to indecent exposure for showing his genitals to a sheriff’s deputy and another woman on the Pinnebog River in the rural eastern Michigan park.
Authorities say a completely nude Masters, of Southhampton, N.Y., yelled for the women’s attention on Sept. 1 and made obscene gestures.
It wasn’t Masters’ first incident of indecent exposure. Masters was arrested May 9 in New York City after a police officer reported seeing him expose his genitals and masturbate in Central Park. Court records show he was ordered to perform two days of community service under an agreement with prosecutors.
Masters’ father, who died in 2001, pioneered research in the field of human sexuality.
The elder Masters and his partner Virginia Johnson conducted interviews and observed sex in the act, researching biological responses and monitoring the physiology of sexual arousal. He and Johnson, whom he later married, wrote 1966′s “Human Sexual Response,” which was a best-seller.
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