Steamboat Springs Marco Pauvert, owner of The Epicurean restaurant in downtown Steamboat Springs, pleaded guilty to indecent exposure Tuesday in Routt County Court.
The guilty plea was part of a deal offered by the Routt County District Attorney’s Office. In exchange for pleading guilty to the misdemeanor, a second indecent exposure charge was dropped, Deputy District Attorney Rusty Prindle said.
Prindle said as part of the deal, Pauvert will avoid jail, will have to serve at least 64 hours of community service and will be placed on supervised probation for a period of time to be determined by the probation department. The deal is scheduled to be finalized Feb. 9.
Pauvert is being represented by lawyer Douglas Timmerman.
Pauvert was arrested Aug. 25 after a woman accused him of exposing himself to her in his restaurant. Another woman then went to police and reported a similar incident that she said took place in July. In both cases, the women allege that Pauvert emerged from a restroom naked while they were at the restaurant.
Two trials were scheduled for Monday and Dec. 20.
Reached Wednesday at The Epicurian, Pauvert said he accepted the plea deal because he thought it would attract less publicity.
“I wanted to start my new life,” Pauvert said.
Despite pleading guilty, Pauvert contends there has been a misunderstanding.
Pauvert said he plans to leave Steamboat but intends to keep his restaurant open.
“I don’t think Steamboat is a good place,” he said.