February 22, 2018
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Brewer police following leads in indecent exposure investigation

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BREWER, Maine — Police, who asked for the public’s help in identifying a man who exposed himself to two young girls last week, are following up on information that has come in to the department, Lt. Chris Martin said Tuesday morning.

“We’ve got some leads and we’re going to check up on them this morning,” Martin said. “Hopefully, they’ll pan out.”

Police Chief Perry Antone said in a memo to city leaders Monday that finding the man involved is “a priority for the Brewer Police Department.”

The indecent exposure incident happened around 2:50 p.m. Friday.

“Two girls reported that a man exposed himself to them on Friday while they were walking home from school,” Antone said. “This incident occurred on State Street in the area of Cedar Street.”

The perpetrator is described as a white male, about 20 to 30 years old, who was wearing jeans, a tan jacket and hat, Capt. Jason Moffitt said Monday.

After exposing himself to the girls, the man got into a silver “Jeep-style” vehicle and drove away, the victims reported.

“The parents of the students involved are concerned about us not finding the individual,” Antone said in the memo.

Superintendent Daniel Lee said Tuesday he wrote a note to parents that was sent home Monday with kindergarten-through-eighth-grade students.

“We don’t want to cause a panic. We want to inform them about what happened,” he said, adding he hopes parents will “use this as an opportunity to review some safety precautions with their children.”

Recommended safety precautions include walking with friends, taking the same route to and from home to school every day, and not talking to strangers, Lee said.

“They should be aware, not afraid,” he said. “Knowledge is power.”

There are several websites that have great information for parents, Lee said, pointing to the child safety tips provided by the Elmira, N.Y., Police Department, available at cityofelmira.net/police/child_safety_tips.html.

Anyone with information about last Friday’s incident is urged to contact the Brewer Police Department at 989-7001.

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