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W&OD Trail: Indecent exposure suspect sought

Arlington County Police are investigating 11 incidents of indecent exposure that have occurred since mid-January at various times of day and along various sections of the Washington and Old Dominion bike trail.

Police have not been able to obtain a full description of the male suspect who has hidden his face during incidents in which he exposed himself to women, said Arlington spokeswoman Detective Crystal Nosal.

Police have increased patrols along the trail but are asking anyone who uses the route and sees suspicious activity, such as a person loitering in wooded areas, to report it.

Information about this case can be provided to Detective Comer at (703) 228-4243 or Detective Austin at (703) 228-4241.

-- Mary Pat Flaherty

By Mary Pat Flaherty  |  March 23, 2010; 1:35 PM ET
Categories:  Arlington , Mary Pat Flaherty , Sex Crimes , Virginia  
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Let's face it: "flashers" are usually public masturbaters. I'm gonna go out on a limb and suggest this man was likely doing a lot more than merely exposing himself. I'm not saying this necessarily makes him a violent threat, but perhaps we could dispense with anachronistic euphemisms like "flasher" and report the facts?

Too much to ask, WaPo?

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | March 23, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Or "indecent exposure." Similar euphemism.

I'd even accept "obscene conduct," but I tire of these tired prudish substitutes....

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | March 23, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

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