EASTLAKE - An Eastlake employee told Channel 3 News that he exposed himself and sent photos of his genitals to a co-worker as part of a "private parts contest."
Building Inspector Rich Vild dropped his pants in front of two women co-workers in September while they were standing in the parking lot of a Wickliffe night club, said Mayor Ted Andrzejewski.
Vild also sent a photo of his penis to a different female colleague's cell phone.
"It was something that ... I regret," Vild told the Investigator Tom Meyer. "A couple people go out and have a couple drinks and people coerce you into doing something.
"There were other people there who were supposed to do the same thing. I left after that, so I don't know what happened," Vild added.
But Vild said the women in his office have a dirty little secret of their own: They were swapping graphic photos of men using city computers and on city time.
He said one woman even used one of the snapshots as a screensaver for her work computer.
"I know it was wrong, but I'm not the only one who was wrong here in the building," said Vild.
Vild said he reported the graphic material to the city finance director a few days ago.
The mayor said he had no idea there was such an allegation.
"I will look into it," Andrzejewski said, including ordering a review of city computers.
Vild was suspended for two days in February, but the mayor said Eastlake Police were never notified of the incident.
"We're continuing to look at it, but there is no criminal offense," Andrzejewski said. "Therefore, you don't get the police department involved. They've got a lot of other things to do."
Police Chief Larry Reik said a person exposing himself may violate the city's public indecency law "if it's out in public."
As for texting an unsolicited nude photo, that could be considered pandering obscenity, depending on the circumstances.