Austin Woman Arrested for Masturbating in Public Continued to Pleasure Herself in Squad Car 'Even When Asked to Stop'

Dovie Jane Nickels
Dovie Jane Nickels, 26, was detained for indecent exposure on January 29 by the Austin Police Department. Austin Police Department

A half-naked woman was arrested in Texas this week after cops said she was masturbating in public—and wouldn't stop even after being detained.

Dovie Jane Nickels, 26, was detained for indecent exposure on Tuesday by officers from the Austin Police Department, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by The Smoking Gun. A witness from a local business reported her to cops at around 5:20 p.m.

Between 5:18 p.m. and 5:24 p.m., officers were informed by dispatch that the woman was seen masturbating on a patio of the JW Marriott hotel chain. "She's carrying a vibrator and seems like she is on drugs," they were told.

When deputies arrived, the suspect had moved to a bar and grill, the Austin American-Statesman reported, and continued masturbating. The Austin police report elaborated: "[An officer] approached the subject first and observed Nickels's arms motioning in a circular motion under the table as if she was masturbating. Nickels stopped her motions and put her hands on the table once officers approached. I observed Nickels was not wearing any pants at this time."

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The witness in the case, identified as E. Gromacki, told deputies he saw the suspect pleasuring herself in "public view in a public place with her legs straight up in the air, spread open."

Gromacki was named in the affidavit as the general manager of the JW Marriott. The document noted he had also heard Nickels "making moaning noises as if she was having an orgasm."

Deputies said the vibrator was not immediately located. At one point the suspect was seen rubbing herself "back and forth" on the plastic seat.

Police said Nickels had refused to stop the motions even though she had been handcuffed and placed in the back of their patrol car. "Even when asked to stop, Nickels continued to do so for the duration of our encounter," the arrest affidavit stated.

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Inmate records filed this week by the Travis County Sheriff, seen by Newsweek, show the suspect was held on $3,000 bond after being taken to Travis County Correctional Complex. The woman's mugshot was published yesterday by the New York Daily News.

In Austin, indecent exposure is a Class B misdemeanor.

Dovie Jane Nickels
Dovie Jane Nickels, 26, was detained for indecent exposure on January 29 by the Austin Police Department. Austin Police Department
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