COLLEGE STATION - Texas A&M receiver Kirk Merritt pleaded not guilty to two charges of indecent exposure and his lawyer is blaming 'jock itch' for the incidents, according to the Houston Chronicle.
The incidents happened in October of 2016. In the first case, the victim said that Merritt exposed and touched himself "while sitting in arm's reach" of her. About a day later, Merritt allegedly pulled his shorts down and "held himself" within arm's reach of a second victim, the Chronicle reports.
Both of the victims were tutors in the Bright Football Complex at A&M, sources told the Chronicle.
Rick Davis, Merritt's attorney, told the Chronicle that a "bad case of jock itch" caused Merritt to expose himself.
"While Kirk is very embarrassed about this situation, and has apologized to the two tutors that he offended, he did not intend to gratify anyone by exposing himself," Davis told the Chronicle. "The fact is that Kirk had a bad case of jock itch. The statute Kirk has been accused of violating requires that the Defendant have an intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person and that the Defendant is reckless about whether another may be present who will be offended or alarmed by his conduct."
The Chronicle said that Merritt pleaded not guilty on March 27 and has continued taking part in spring drills.
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