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JPD: 2 reports of indecent exposure, 1 arrest

Posted: January 4, 2012 - 1:01am

Local police received two reports of indecent exposure on Monday — one of which resulted in an arrest, and both of which involved a 13-year-old boy.

Juneau Police Department spokeswoman Cindee Brown-Mills said it was too early to say if the two separate incidents were related, but said one 13-year-old boy was arrested inside Mendenhall Mall shortly after 11 a.m. for allegedly exposing himself to a 19-year-old woman.

“There was a woman who was there working, (he was) peeking around the corner, and then he came inside the store,” Brown-Mills said. “And then she told him he needed to leave, and that’s when he exposed himself to her.”

The woman did not know the boy, added Brown-Mills.

He was arrested on suspicion of two counts of indecent exposure, and those charges have been forwarded to Johnson Youth Center and Juneau Juvenile Probations, she said. His name was not released because of his age.

The second instance happened just before 3 p.m. Monday at JRC-The Alaska Club on Riverside Drive. A 13-year-old boy allegedly exposed himself to two women, 18 and 21, Brown-Mills said.

That investigation is still ongoing.

Indecent exposure in the second degree is defined in state statutes as knowingly exposing one’s genitals in front of someone with “reckless disregard for the offensive, insulting, or frightening effect the act may have.”

It’s a class ‘A’ misdemeanor if in front of a person under 16 years old, and a class ‘B’ misdemeanor if before someone older than 16.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

• Editor's note: This article has been changed to reflect the charges have been forwarded to Juneau Juvenile Probations.

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