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Split verdict in barista indecent exposure case

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YAKIMA, Wash- Verdicts were returned Friday in the indecent exposure trial for two Yakima coffee stand workers. 

Cheryl Clark, the owner of Dream Girls coffee stand on Yakima Avenue was found guilty this afternoon of violating the city's indecent exposure ordinance.  The ordinance was put in place by the city council in 2009 after complaints from residents about the increase in what are often referred to as bikini baristas. Police say Clark's employee Alyssa Hernandez was showing too much of her buttocks while working at the stand in January of last year.  Hernandez was also on trial.

"Its a case where you do not have to believe either one or the other…Its perfectly acceptable for you to find one guilty and the other not guilty. You don't have to convict one to convict the other" said a prosecutor for the city of Yakima.

And that's exactly what the jury did.  Although Clark was found guilty, Hernandez, the barista who was actually the one accused of exposing herself was found not guilty.

Clark is scheduled to be sentenced on February 18.  She faces up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.