Crime, Fire + Courts

Davis indecent-exposure suspect pleads no contest

By From page A2 | August 22, 2014

On the eve of her scheduled trial, a Folsom woman pleaded no contest Thursday to charges filed after she allegedly exposed herself to young boys in a Davis park while a man photographed her.

Wenyi Xu, 31, is due back in Yolo Superior Court on Oct. 27 for sentencing in the case, which stems from her arrest on July 10, 2013, near Community Park with Nicholas Robert Bowen of Grizzly Flats.

According to legal documents, Xu and Bowen were engaged in an extramarital relationship at the time they went to the Davis park, where a witness reported seeing Xu expose herself to the boys who were riding past her on their bicycles. Bowen, 62, allegedly recorded the incident on a cell phone.

They were arrested while returning to their vehicle north of the park. Authorities said they had previously carried out a similar act at a Folsom elementary school.

Scheduled to go to trial next week, Xu entered the no-contest plea — which is treated the same as a guilty plea — during a trial-readiness conference Thursday in Judge David Reed’s courtroom. She faces up to 3 years and 8 months in prison, according to the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office.

Bowen, with whom Xu also faces federal child-exploitation charges for their alleged exchange of child pornography images that included photographs of Xu’s own daughter, returns to Reed’s courtroom for a pre-hearing conference on the same day as Xu’s sentencing.

Lauren Keene

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