Lancaster Police Investigate 2 Reports Of Man Allegedly Exposing Himself Near School


Police are investigating two separate incidents of a man exposing himself outside South Elementary School.

In each of the incidents, police say the man exposed himself to student crossing guards near the school.

Lancaster resident Edith Butler says her 5th grade daughter was one of the crossing guards who witnessed the alleged public indecency. She says the most recent incident happened the morning of Friday, March 15.

"The guy flashed them,” said Butler. "I was sexually abused as a child, so this really scares me."

Butler's daughter claims the man exposed himself to her and a classmate near East Walnut Street and High Street. Lancaster police told 10TV they received a similar report of a man exposing himself back in December, just down the road at East Walnut Street and Sycamore Street.

"It is definitely of a concern for the police department,” said Detective Sergeant Will Tolly, Lancaster Police. “Any time we have situations such as this, we're going to increase patrol activity."

A 10TV crew witnessed a police cruiser making several trips past the school as students headed home Friday afternoon.

School officials said they have removed crossing guards from the area where the first incident reportedly occurred. They are also considering having parents volunteer to help the crossing guards at the remaining locations.

Police are urging parents not to let their children walk to and from school alone.

"Whether it's someone that they trust or maybe another family member that maybe can walk with them, and make sure they're not by themselves at any time,” said Tolly.

Butler just wants the exposer caught.

"I'm afraid for all the kids,” she said.

Police have a similar description of the exposer in both incidents. They tell 10TV the children reported seeing a man in his 40s with a goatee and driving a 4-door blue or teal-colored car.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lancaster Police at 740-687-6688.