SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. — A couple who decided their newlywed status meant they could enjoy sex in a local park will spend the next 28 days apart — in jail.
Scotts Bluff County Judge James Worden sentenced Saint Robert Ramirez Jr., 23, of Lincoln, and Miaya Smith, also known as Miaya Davis-Smith and Miaya Ramirez, to 30 days in jail each on charges of indecent exposure, a Class II misdemeanor. They were given credit for two days served and will have to pay court costs.
According to court records, two Gering police officers were called to the Oregon Trail Park on Tuesday at 7:57 p.m. after a complaint of “lewd and lascivious conduct.”
When officers arrived, three girls, ages 16 and 15, pointed officers to a large pine tree, where they said the couple were having sex.
A Gering police officer drove his cruiser to the tree, which was located about 10 yards east of a playground at the local pool. It was still daylight at the time, the officer said in his arrest affidavit. Children were playing nearby in the park and the swimming pool.
When the officer parked near the tree, he observed the couple having sex. Although he parked about 3 feet away from the couple, he said, they failed to notice him.
He advised the couple, loudly, to stop and to get dressed. The couple reportedly began laughing as they got their clothes on and told the officer that they had just gotten married.
Both were placed under arrest. As officers arrested Smith, she advised that her daughter was at the park, with a friend. Officers located the girl and her friend 20 yards away in a park shelter. The girl was allowed to go home with her friend.
Ramirez and Smith appeared in Scotts Bluff County Court Wednesday afternoon. They reportedly told the judge that they did not think they could be seen because of the tree.