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Pasco sheriff, New Port Richey police seek flasher seen near schools

Authorities are searching for a "serial exposer" who may have flashed up to seven people — six of them students near schools or bus stops — within the past month and a half.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office is looking into four cases, and New Port Richey police are investigating two other incidents after six children and one adult called authorities to report seeing someone exposing himself, said Kevin Doll, sheriff's spokesman.

Investigators are still trying to determine whether some or all of the victims have seen the same man.

"We're trying to meet with victims to get a composite (sketch)," Doll said. "It's unusual for someone to do this so blatantly."

Capt. Jeff Harrington of the New Port Richey police said detectives are looking into two separate incidents that occurred within a week near Gulf Middle School about a month and a half ago. He declined to release additional information about those cases.

Harrington said his office is coordinating with the Sheriff's Office to review case files and find similarities in the cases.

"We're having an open exchange of information on all the cases," he said.

The sightings reported to the Sheriff's Office came from:

• A 9-year-old girl who was walking to Mittye P. Locke Elementary in New Port Richey about 9:20 a.m. Oct. 2 when she saw a man headed in the opposite direction with his penis exposed. The girl told deputies the man was in his 20s, and wore tan shorts, a blue T-shirt and white sneakers.

• A 13-year-old girl who was riding her bike on the sidewalk of Holiday Lake Drive, near Paul. R. Smith Middle School, about 8:10 a.m. Oct. 12 when a man walking past her unbuttoned his pants and took out his penis. The girl said the man she saw was in his 30s, with a muscular build, straight blond hair and a goatee. He wore a red shirt and blue jeans.

• A 44-year-old woman who was near Holiday Lake Drive and Chelsea Lane about 8:37 a.m. Oct. 26 when a man walked up to her and pulled out his penis from the zipper of his denim blue jeans. The woman said the suspect had short brown hair, was in his 20s, had a slender build, wore blue jeans and a T-shirt, and was about 5 feet 9 inches. Her husband told deputies he later spotted a man fitting that description and confronted him: "Why are you showing your private parts to my wife? Are you crazy?" The man fled.

• An 11-year-old student from River Ridge Middle School who reported seeing a man at her bus stop about 2 p.m. Monday with his zipper open and penis exposed. She said two weeks ago, the same man flashed her and her friend, also 11. The girls ran past the man, as he appeared to be on the phone while sitting on a green box at Hamlet Drive and Foxboro Drive. He was about 5 feet 10 inches, 190 pounds, wearing a blue shirt and tan shorts.

Anyone with information on the cases should call the Sheriff's Office tips line toll-free at 1-800-706-2488.

Camille C. Spencer can be reached at cspencer@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6236.

Pasco sheriff, New Port Richey police seek flasher seen near schools 11/10/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 10, 2009 8:35pm]
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