Subject of the indecent exposures near the Science and Math building. (SCPD)
Campus police have asked for the public’s help identifying a person of interest who has been exposing himself near the Science and Math Building during the daytime. Saddleback Campus Police Department sent a BOLO, or be on lookout, to students by email on Jan. 25.
The BOLO was issued after a subject exposed himself on Thursday, Jan. 21, however it was not reported to police until 4:40 p.m. SCPD’s crime log lists the incident as a sex crime and suggests the actual incident occurred around 10 a.m.
On Feb.1, one week after the BOLO was issued, another indecent exposure was reported near the same building.
“It’s wrong in his nature to think it’s okay for him to do that,” said Maxi Miller, child development. “Some people could be uncomfortable and probably would not want to come back.”
California Penal Code states that any person exposing their private parts in any public place, or in any place where others will be offended is guilty of indecent exposure. The first conviction is a misdemeanor and is punishable by imprisonment of less than one year. Second offense is a felony and is punishable by imprisonment in the state prison.
Whether the conviction is a misdemeanor or felony, those convicted of indecent exposure are required to register as a lifetime sex offender. Registrants are required to report annually for as long as they live or work in California.
The “attempt to identify” flyer stated that the subject was seen pretending to be talking on his cell phone. The man is described as a white male age 20 to 25, wearing blue jeans, black hoodie and a Dodgers baseball hat. Based on Saddleback’s demographic, Miller thinks this does not narrow it down.
“They should have been more specific, you can’t narrow it down to one person because we have no idea,” Miller said.
If the man is seen on campus, police are asking students and faculty to not contact him but to call campus police at 949-582-4585 or 949-582-4444.