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Man accused of exposing himself at Riverview apartment complex

RIVERVIEW — A man exposed himself to neighbors in his apartment complex, Hillsborough sheriff's deputies said.

Luis Valdes, 49, was arrested Tuesday and charged with lewd and lascivious exhibition involving a child under age 16 and obstructing an officer.

Deputies said he was living in Bayou Crossings Apartments on Zackary Circle in March when a 15-year-old girl spotted him masturbating outside her window.

A man knocked on the window and made lewd comments, urging her to come outside, sheriff's spokesman Det. Larry McKinnon said.

The girl's mother walked in during the incident and he ran away, investigators said.

On Nov. 9, two 20-year-old women were in the parking lot of Bayou Crossings when they spotted Valdes touching himself and called deputies. He turned and exposed his buttocks to the women just before deputies arrived and chased him down, McKinnon said.

Valdes wasn't arrested at the time, but the deputies filed requests for prosecution. Det. Danny Johnson noticed the similarities to the March case and brought several photos to the 15-year-old girl, McKinnon said. She picked Valdes out of the photos and identified him as the man from the March incident.

During the investigation, Bayou Crossings realized Valdes wasn't on the lease agreement for the apartment he was staying in and evicted him, according to sheriff's reports.

He's being held in the Hillsborough County Jail without bail.

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