Star Trek: Voyager's 'Kes' charged with exposing herself to children in Harriman

WATE 6 On Your Side Staff - HARRIMAN (WATE) - A woman who played the medical assistant in the first three season of Star Trek: Voyager was arrested for indecent exposure.

Jennifer Ann Lien, 41, was arrested at her home in Harriman on September 3 at around 6:42 p.m. Deputies said Lien had an active warrant in Roane County on two counts of exposing herself to a child under the age of 13.

Neighbor Carey Smith says Lien recently walked by her home and commented on how the children were being cared for while two were crying.

"Started saying vulgar things. I mean really vulgar things, I told her to mind her own business and keep on walking," said Smith.

That's when things got even stranger.

"All of a sudden, here come the shirt up. She started flashing and, 'Woo hoo,' and I said, 'And what respect is that for kids?' There was none. And then she turned around and dropped her pants," said Smith.

Parents, worried things might escalate, then called 911.

"I didn't understand why she was doing it," said Kayla Clark.

At the time, Lien denied to police that she exposed herself, but officers issued a detainer summons, charging her with indecent exposure.

When Roane County deputies visited Lien's house, her front door was open. After knocking on the door, she yelled at deputies to come in.

Deputies said Lien was naked on her couch, covered by a blanket. She told the deputies she was expecting them.

Then dispatch told the deputies that Lien had an active warrant from the Harriman City Police Department. When they told her about the warrant, she said they needed to leave her alone, saying she wasn't going any (expletive) where.

The two deputies repeatedly asked Lien to put on clothes, eventually calling for a female deputy. They said Lien told them she would have all of them shot and killed.

Eventually, deputies said the put Lien in handcuffs, putting a shirt and pants from the jail on her. They said she refused to walk to the patrol car and they had to carry her to the car, before driving to the Roane County Detention Center. Lien's bond was set at $2,500.

Parents say they are worried and angry about the impression made on their children.

"She pretty much copies everything that I do and I'm pretty sure she would copy somebody else doing that behavior and I don't want that her to," said Clark.

Criminal history

Lien has a criminal history that includes aggravated assault, resisting arrest, evading arrest and reckless endangerment on April 17 by the Harriman Police Department.

On June 4, 2012 she was also arrested for domestic assault in Roane County.

Star Trek: Voyager

For three seasons, Lien played "Kes" on the American science fiction television series Star Trek: Voyager. She played an Ocampa.

During the show, she developed a close friendship with the Doctor, played by Robert Picardo. She received medical training and took on a role as a Medical assistant.

She left the show in season four, making one guest appearance two seasons later.

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