‘Texas State Fondler’ still at large

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News Reporter

The University Police Department (UPD) is investigating three potentially related incidents of indecent exposure near the Texas State campus.

UPD received three reports from March 23-26 of a white male fondling his genitals in public. Similarities between the three reports have led law enforcement officials to believe the same individual is involved in all of the incidents.

Officers received the first report of indecent exposure after 6 p.m. on March 23 from a female student in building six at Bobcat Village. The student reported seeing a man standing underneath the stairwell with his shorts pulled down, fondling himself. The man then allegedly began walking toward the student as she opened the door to her apartment. She described the man as a thin, white male in his late 30s to early 40s, between 5 feet 10 inches and 5 feet 11 inches tall and wearing glasses.

Two more incidents of indecent exposure were reported on March 25 and 26, according to University News Service email alerts.

At 3:30 p.m. March 25, UPD received a report of a man sitting on a bench at Sewell Park, fondling himself, according to a University News Service email alert. The suspect was shirtless and had his jeans unzipped with his penis in his hand. The person who reported the incident described the man as a white, medium-built male in his 50s, between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 11 inches tall with short, light brown hair.

A third report of a man exposing himself at University Heights was made at approximately 8 a.m. March 26, according to a University News Service email alert. The report included a description of a man in his 50s with a medium build between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 11 inches tall. The man was said to be fondling himself in public.

Officers were unable to locate the suspect in all three cases.

Donna Vandiver, associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and sex crimes expert, said people most often commit public exposure crimes to receive sexual gratification from others watching them.

The mental disorders associated with indecent exposure usually persist and eventually require treatment, Vandiver said.

Indecent exposure is a Class B misdemeanor and does not warrant a prison sentence when the victims are adults, said Brandon Winkenwerder, Day Watch Commander for the San Marcos Police Department.