Suspect linked to 3 indecent exposures |

Suspect linked to 3 indecent exposures

Authorities believe the same man is responsible for three separate incidents of indecent exposure in western Nevada County, most recently to a group of young children at Gold Run School.

“We believe it is the same guy, for sure,” said Nevada County Sheriff’s Capt. Jeff Powell. “The vehicle description is pretty much similar in the three incidents.”

In the first incident, a woman walking in the area of the 26000 block of Table Meadow Road near Lake of the Pines in southern Nevada County, at about 9:30 a.m. March 23, saw a man driving a faded blue, four-door vehicle in and out of driveways.

When she walked by the vehicle, she noticed the driver was exposing himself to her, according to the Sheriff’s Office. She described the driver as an adult male, white, unshaven, with brown hair.

The second incident occurred at about 3:40 p.m. May 19 at Union Hill School off Highway 174, east of Grass Valley.

The mother of a 12-year-old girl, who did not want to be identified, said her daughter had left an after-school tutoring session early and had called to be picked up.

The girl was waiting on an elevated balcony outside the school gym when she saw a man, driving what she described as a blue-green four-door sedan stop, in the school’s drop-off zone.

“His pants were unzipped and he was leaning into the passenger side with the window open,” the girl’s mother said.

The man pulled out of the parking lot and then looped back in to the drop-off zone, she said.

“Then he did it again, and this time, he pulled in real close to her,” the mother said. “Then she realized he was doing something gross.

“She thought he was going to get out of his car, and she was the only one there,” her mother continued. “She was scared when he didn’t just leave after the first time.”

This driver was described as an adult male, white, with a tan complexion and dark brown, curly hair. The vehicle was described as having a dent near the passenger rear wheel. The girl told her mother there was no license plate on the car, and she couldn’t see any distinguishing emblem. She also described the hood as being more faded than the rest of the car.

“She wasn’t grabbed, she wasn’t assaulted, but (this) can lead to something more serious,” the mother said.

In the most recent incident, a man driving a light-blue, four-door vehicle pulled in and stopped near the driveway entrance to Gold Run School on Searls Avenue in Nevada City at about 10 a.m. Aug. 30.

The driver was described as an adult male, white, with brown hair.

“The word really needs to get out,” said Gold Run mother Sarah Hatten.

“We’ve put this out to the schools for their benefit, to instruct kids to be alert,” Powell said.

“We’ve run down a couple of leads that have not panned out,” he added. “These types of people don’t stop doing what they’re doing … If anyone has information, they should get ahold of us right away.”

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail or call (530) 477-4229.

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