Man Charged With Public Indecency After Incident On Westerville Trail


A man is facing charges after a woman reported seeing a person touching himself along a popular Westerville multi-use path.

It happened last week along the Alum Creek Trail, just north of Schrock Road.

Shannon Wagner said she was riding her bike along the stretch of the trail when she first noticed the man.

“Actually, he was kind of turned to the side, looking up the bike path, so it wasn't until I was in the direct line of sight of the gentleman that I saw everything,” Wagner said.

Wagner said the man appeared to be touching himself while he was watching a woman walking along the trail.

“It wasn't until I saw a woman walking along that I realized that was maybe a potentially dangerous situation,” added Wagner.

Wagner called police who found a man matching the suspect's description near Alum Creek Park.

That man is Andre Foster, and police arrested him after a short chase.

Police said Foster has a history of similar crimes. In 2012, records show he was arrested for exposing himself to a woman along the same path. He was charged with public indecency, obstructing official business and resisting arrest.

At that time, Foster told police he exposed himself because he had to urinate. While the public indecency and obstructing official business charges were dismissed, he did plead guilty to resisting arrest.  

In May 2013, reports show that Foster was suspected of touching himself while watching women outside a local gym.
10TV talked to Andre Foster who said he isn't denying the recent accusations. He is due back in court later this month.

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