The 20-year-old San Mateo man who told women on two separate occasions that his penis was caught in his zipper and he needed help pleaded no contest yesterday to indecent exposure.

Michael Silva admitted the two felony charges in return for no more than six months in the County Jail and the dismissal of other charges. He did agree, though, that the other charges can be considered by the judge during sentencing. If convicted by a jury, Silva faced up to one year in jail.

Silva reportedly used the same scheme on two occasions, once to a female nurse in the parking lot of San Mateo Medical Center Dec. 4 and once to a female clerk at a tuxedo shop at Hillsdale Shopping Center Dec. 29.

Silva called out for help, saying he caught his penis in his zipper. When the women came over to help, they saw that he had exposed himself and was masturbating, according to the District Attorney’s