By Doug Ireland
---- — SALEM — An auto technican pleaded guilty yesterday and was sentenced for exposing himself in a customer’s car in June.
Mark Rice, 44, of Hooksett received a 90-day suspended jail sentence in 10th Circuit Court. Judge Kristin Spath also fined Rice $1,000, with $500 suspended for two years, according to prosecutor Jason Grosky.
Rice pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement, Grosky said. He was only prosecuted on one of two indecent charges brought against him. He had been free on $500 cash bail.
Rice was arrested June 6 in the Marshall’s parking lot at 265 S. Broadway, according to police. Police received an anonymous call about noon about a man exposing himself in a Black Hyundai Sonata.
The car was parked about six cars away from the front of the store, police said.
When Officer Robert Holland responded, he saw Rice touching his genitals inside the car. Holland knocked on the window, prompting Rice to zip up his pants.
As part of Rice’s sentence, he is to have no contact with a witness in the case and must stay away from Marshall’s. Grosky said. He must also continue to receive counseling.