Many women exercising along Chandler's Western Canal have gotten more than they bargained for.
A serial flasher is reportedly haunting the area, exposing himself to women who pass his way, CBS 5 News reports. So far, 10 women have reported being flashed by the suspect, authorities said.
Most of the incidents have taken place between 5:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., according to police. The flasher usually stands on the opposite side of the canal or behind a chain link fence. He then claps or yells to get the attention of a female jogger or cyclist. When they turn and look, he flashes them then quickly leaves the area.
Authorities have had a hard time catching the suspect. "We've been working on this for the past six months trying to find this guy," Chandler Police Sgt. Joe Favazzo told CBS 5 News. "We've put investigative techniques in place. We've put officers out there. We've put people in plain clothes."
If the flasher is apprehended he'll probably be charged with public sexual indecency. The crime encompasses a whole range of sexual acts, including fondling, exposure, masturbation, oral sex, intercourse, and bestiality.
As long as the act is committed in front of another person and a reasonable person would likely be alarmed, disturbed, or offended by it, the perpetrator or perpetrators can be charged with public sexual indecency in the state. Generally, it's a Class 1 misdemeanor. However, if a person under 15 years old is present at the time of the act, public sexual indecency is a Class 5 felony.
"It's not something that's normal. People don't do this. This is someone that has a problem," Favazzo said. Most victims have described the man as white, balding, six feet tall, with a pot belly. He's thought to be between 30 and 60 years old.
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