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Suspect held for court on indecent exposure charge

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    Stephen Susel of Palmerton is shown leaving the office of District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton Wednesday morning. TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Published April 26. 2018 12:41PM

A Palmerton man who entered another person’s home stark naked will have his case heard.

Stephen Susel, 50, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton.

Instead, Susel waived his right to the hearing, and will appear for a pretrial status conference at 8:30 a.m. May 31.

Susel pleaded guilty to one count each of indecent exposure and criminal trespass, while the charge of disorderly conduct was dropped.

He must attend pretrial services within 48 hours; must undergo MHMR and drug and alcohol evaluations; refrain from committing any further criminal conduct against the victim; and refrain from entering the household of the victim.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Sgt. Christopher Ritter of the borough police department:

At 12:43 p.m. March 24, Ritter was dispatched to the 800 block of Mauch Chunk Road for a complaint of a man walking around the area while naked who entered a private residence.

Ritter was summoned to the front door when the victim yelled for Ritter to hurry because Susel was still in her house.

Ritter entered to find Susel standing in the living room, completely naked and sweating profusely.

Upon seeing Ritter, Susel began to head for the back door despite commands to stop, and he only complied after Ritter drew his Taser and ordered him to the floor.

After being handcuffed and raised to his feet, Susel tensed up and attempted to pull away, causing Ritter to use moderate force to keep him under control.

Susel’s skin was sweaty and hot to the touch, his pupils were dilated, his muscles were rigid, and he spoke in a rapid manner, all indicators of the use of a stimulant drug.

After Susel was secured, Ritter spoke further with the victim, who said Susel walked in through her unlocked front door, went to the kitchen, and started knocking things off the countertop and pushing buttons on the microwave while muttering to himself.

The victim ordered Susel repeatedly to leave, however he ignored her commands and continued his actions until his arrival.

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