The wheelchair-bound military vet walked over to a nearby AIDS clinic and tried removing some of the goodies he scored, but was spotted by two employees. The workers pulled out their cellphones and began filming Childs, whose pants were falling down, before asking him to leave.
He was caught on tape fumbling with M&Ms and other treats as he yelled at the employees and eventually walked away, officials said.
A woman later claimed to have seen Childs masturbating for about a minute. He was also accused of spitting on one of the clinic workers.
In court, public defenders argued that this was all just one big misunderstanding ― and that Childs was in no way pleasuring himself. They said that his baggy pants had simply slipped down during the confrontation and left part of his backside exposed.
Jurors apparently believed them and found Childs not guilty on Friday after less than two hours of deliberations.
The public defender’s office celebrated the verdict in a press release, aptly titled: “Man with Sweet Tooth Handling Candy, Not Penis.”
“Childs, a disabled veteran who uses a wheelchair, had no history of sex offenses but has previous arrests for stealing candy,” the release said.
“The day of his arrest, Childs shoplifted several bags of candy from Walgreens on Castro Street by dropping them down his shirt, which was tucked into his baggy pants,” it added. “By the time he left the store and crossed the street, the bags had slipped into his trousers … In the alcove of a gallery and clinic, he lay on the ground beside his wheelchair, unzipped his pants, and began fishing out the candy.”
Child wound up getting sentenced to six months behind bars for battery in connection to the spitting incident. He was not charged for stealing the candy.