NY Daily News said:A man busted for indecent exposure after a teen girl said she saw him inappropriately touching himself on an airplane said he was just trying to get rid of the itch on his private parts after he spilled Tabasco sauce.
A 17-year-old high school cheerleader told police that on a flight from Salt Lake City to Lewiston, Idaho, she looked over to see 50-year-old Rafael Escamilla with one hand under his laptop and his "penis going side to side under the tray table that was down."
The girl then got up to go to the bathroom and took a different seat in the back of the plane. When she told her father about the incident, he told TSA officials who then summoned the Lewiston Police who arrested him on indecent exposure charges.
Once in handcuffs, Escamilla said the whole incident was a giant misunderstanding. The physical therapist told police that he had "spilled Tabasco sauce or something similar on his penis and had an incredible itch," according to a police report obtained by The Smoking Gun.
According to the police report, Escamilla said while he admitted rubbing his privates in public, they were never out of his jogging pants. In fact, he pleaded to cops, he tried to cover himself so the young woman "wouldn't see it."
The cops in the obtained police report seemed to doubt his tale.
"During my interview with Rafael, he did not appear to be upset or even embarrassed about the situation," the reporting cop wrote. "I tried to explain to him the seriousness of the situation, including the victim's age, however, he didn't seem to be concerned about it and kept referring about the 'incredible itch' that he had."
And the worst for Escamilla's situation is that he didn't even appear itchy to the officer.
"He never showed any obvious signs that he had an itch in this particular part of his body," the officer said.
Escamilla, the Smoking Gun reported, has worked as a professor at Duke and Cal State and currently works as a research director at a Florida orthopedics and sports medicine institute.