A local man arrested twice in two years for masturbating in inappropriate places pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanor indecent exposure and may be sentenced to jail in December.

Benjamin Morton, 29, also entered a guilty plea to felony burglary for entering a residence with the intent to commit a crime, but that count, if a judge approves of the plea deal, would come with a deferred sentence, meaning it would not appear on his record should no other charges arise.

When a Pitkin County deputy was called in May about Morton, he was already on probation for an indecent exposure conviction related to a case involving the jets of a hot tub at a Snowmass Village condominium complex.

The more recent case happened May 23 when deputy Parichat Robles responded to a residence on Maroon Creek Road. The resident told her that Morton lived beneath her and that when she entered her home, she saw the defendant masturbating in her roommates’ room.

That day, he texted the reporting party asking if they could talk, according to the arrest affidavit, which cites the texts provided to Robles.

The person responded: “Why the f--- would you think that’s OK in any way?”

“It’s not ok at all! I’m so sorry to invade your privacy! Will never ever again! Please don’t hate me,” Morton wrote.

“Why the f--- did it happen in the first place?! … This is a whole new level of f----- up,” the person responded, to which Morton told her that he was a “dumbass,” the affidavit says.

On Monday, Judge Chris Seldin of Pitkin County District Court asked Morton, who is representing himself, why he was pleading guilty.

“I’d rather not discuss it,” Morton said.

The judge said he had to establish a factual basis for the guilty plea, and Morton eventually waived the factual basis.

Judge Seldin advised him that he may receive six to 18 months in jail at sentencing, which is scheduled for Dec. 17.

Chad is a Contributing Editor for Aspen Daily News. He can be reached at chad@aspendailynews.com or on Twitter @chad_the_scribe.