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Insufficient evidence in case of woman accused of exposing herself at church in The Villages

Katie Nicole Cooey
Katie Nicole Cooey

Evidence has been deemed to be insufficient in the case of a woman accused of exposing herself at a church in The Villages.

Katie Nicole Cooey, 37, of Citra, was involved in a car accident at about 2 a.m. March 19 and her white Dodge charger was found in the parking lot of St. George Episcopal Church. There were vehicle parts “all over the roadway,” according to an arrest report from the Lady Lake Police Department. Cooey had her blue jean shorts and underwear down to her ankles as she was urinating on the grass. She could not stand up without assistance and asked an officer if he wanted to see her underwear. She charged at the police officer several times. When the officer attempted to handcuff Cooey, she pulled away. She was arrested on charges of exposure of sexual organs and disorderly conduct.

However, last month in Lake County Court, the prosecutor’s office announced that no information will be filed with regard to the charge of exposure of sexual organs.

“In the light most favorable to the state the evidence is legally insufficient to prove the charge of exposure of sexual organs beyond a reasonable doubt as the evidence does not support all the requisite elements,” Assistant State Attorney Harlenys Bruno wrote in the announcement of no information.

At the time of her arrest, Cooey boast she would not be convicted because she had “the best lawyer in town.” Although initially represented by the public defender’s office, Cooey later retained local criminal defense attorney Jaimie Washo Spivey.

Cooey continues to face a charge of disorderly conduct.

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