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Police make masturbation arrest, separate incident reported

It is alleged that a female was walking on the trail when a male was observed walking behind her, masturbating
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NEWS RELEASE
GUELPH POLICE SERVICE
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On July 6, 2018 at approximately 12:30 p.m., Guelph Police were called to John Gamble Park on Kortright Road West for a report of a male masturbating.  It is alleged that a female was walking on the trail when a male was observed walking behind her, masturbating. Police searched the area but the male was not located.

The male is described as white, approximately 55 years old, 5’9”-5’10” tall with a lean build and facial scruff.  He was wearing a blue baseball hat, blue dry fit shirt, khaki pants and tan hiking boots.  The male also had sunglasses on. 

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is advised to contact Cst. J. Knox at 519-824-1212 extension 7363.  Anonymous information can be left by calling CRIME STOPPERS at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Indecent Act - Arrest

On July 6, 2018 at approximately 8:00 p.m., Guelph Police were called to Howitt Park in regard to a male masturbating.  Guelph Police attended to the area and located the male matching the description provided by the victim.

At approximately 8:09 p.m., a 15 year old male youth was arrested for an Indecent Act.

Recently there has been an increase in Indecent Acts within our community. Simply put, an Indecent Act is when a person willfully exposes their genitals in a public place. These acts seem to occur more commonly on trails, in parks and in more isolated areas.

If you are a witness or a victim to an Indecent Act, we encourage you to first and foremost, ensure your personal safety is not at risk and then call 9-1-1 to alert police of the crime. This is a serious offence that requires immediate police response so please do not wait or hesitate to call 9-1-1; once your safety is ensured, contact police immediately.

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