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Trial set for teacher indecent exposure case

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

September 20, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The trial of a junior high school music teacher accused of exposing his genitals to two women is set to begin Tuesday morning in Newport Beach.Mark Gerard Petrash, 42, of Serrano Intermediate School in Lake Forest is charged with two misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure.

Investigators say Petrash exposed himself to two women on two separate occasions.

The first incident happened in May 2009. Petrash is accused of exposing himself to a fellow teacher at a Saddleback Valley Unified School District event. Investigators say Petrash followed the victim into a hotel restroom and entered her stall where he blocked the door and exposed himself. The victim was able to escape.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department says Petrash exposed himself to an orthodontist's receptionist during his son's dental appointment in August 2009.

If convicted, Petrash faces a maximum sentence of two years in jail.