Charges are pending
against a man who Chesterton Police said has admitted to exposing himself to
members of the Chesterton High School girls track team as they were running
practice after school.
Police Chief Dave
Cincoski told the Chesterton Tribune today that the 20-year-old
Chesterton resident was detained for questioning on Monday after several of
the CHS runners, as well as a citizen, reported seeing a vehicle similar to
one connected to an earlier incident.
The CPD has
forwarded its report to the Porter County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and
is asking that three counts of public indecency be filed against the man.
Public indecency is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a term of up to a
year in jail.
Although the man
was not accused of actually exposing himself on Monday, he did admit to
doing so to CHS runners on three previous occasions, Cincoski said: on the
last day of cross country practice in October, on South Fifth Street; on
Monday, Jan. 8, on South 14th Street, south of West Porter Ave., while
driving a red Pontiac; and on Tuesday, Jan. 16, in the area of West Indiana
Ave. and South 11th Street, while driving a blue Nissan.
The CPD released a
report to the media on only the second of these incidents, the one on Jan.
The break in the
case came on Monday, when runners and a citizen in the area of South 12th
Street and West Porter Ave. reported seeing a blue Nissan similar to the one
driven in the Jan. 16 incident, Cincoski said. They duly reported the
vehicle and a partial plate number to the CPD, and Lt. Joe Christian
subsequently located the Nissan on the west side of town and followed it to
the suspect’s residence.
The suspect was
then detained at the CPD station, where CHS School Resource Officer Sgt.
Chris Swickard conducted an interview, in the course of which the man
admitted to “messing up and doing something stupid,” Cincoski said.
Since the second
incident on Jan. 8, the CPD has been working closely with the Duneland
Schools Athletic Department, the CHS girls track team and its coaches, the
CHS administration, and Duneland Schools Director of Safety and Security
Mike Kellems, Cincoski said. Daily running routes were provided to Swickard,
who passed them on to the CPD Patrol Division, which then assigned officers
to trail the runners. Swickard and Kellems also met with the runners
themselves and their parents as well as liaised on a daily basis with the
“After a concerted
effort, we were able to bring this steadfastly to a conclusion,” Cincoski
said. “I congratulate the Patrol Division, the SRO, and the coaches,
athletes, and administrators at CHS who all had a role in bringing this case
that the investigation is ongoing and officers continue to seek additional
evidence in the case. He added that the CPD has outreached to other school
districts but none has reported similar incidents.