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Indecent exposure reported in Cary

Posted July 8, 2009

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— Cary police are urging citizens to take precautions and act quickly after three recent reports of indecent exposure.

Over the past month, people have reported a man exposing himself in the Williamsburg Manor-Nottingham Road area near Cary Crossroads shopping center.

Police said the man has not approached anyone, but they are urging residents to always be aware of their surroundings and walk in well-lit and well-traveled areas and, when possible, with others.

They also remind people to contact 911 if confronted and to notify authorities quickly to help increase the chances of apprehending the suspect.

In most cases, the man has been described as white or Hispanic, 25 to 35 years old and standing 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall.

More crime prevention tips are available by calling 919-469-4324 or on the police department page of the Town of Cary's Web site.

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  • boolittlek Jul 9, 2009

    Ummm, I'm no expert either, but I've frequently heard that for some serial offenders, there is often a progression present (peeping, exhibitionism, assault).

    The fact that you haven't seen evidence doesn't mean it doesn't exist. I'm sure with some digging you could find research done on the progression or escalation of paraphilic behavior. Perhaps a professional in law enforcement or psychology could comment here?

  • Six String Jul 9, 2009

    And before someone calls me out, I realize my statements are also anecdotal and have no research to back them up (to my knowledge, which I admit is not totally comprehensive). There is no proof of either. One of the opinions is probably true, we just don't know which, and that was the original point.

  • Six String Jul 9, 2009

    I don't disagree with you, itsmyownopinion, that these situations can make you feel threatened. Like you, I would not recommend staying around to see what happens, because something could. I only would object to the generalization that one thing leads to another without any objective criteria to back it up. It's sort of like saying smoking pot leads to heroin use, or having a few drinks leads to alcoholism. Sometimes it might, depending on the individual, but most of the time it doesn't.

  • itsmyownopinion Jul 9, 2009

    Whether there is any real threat, or not, it can make one feel threatened. Several years ago, long before cell phones, I was walking behind Crabtree Valley Mall on my way in to do some shopping. I was looking at a guy coming toward me, dressed in Western attire, and thinking he looked like a relative of mine from PA. Just before we approached each other I looked down to avoid eye contact and the goods were hanging out. I ran inside the mall and asked a store employee to call security. They did not treat my report as anything more serious than someone littering.

  • Six String Jul 9, 2009

    "The big worry is that exposers often escalate into assault." Babbleon.

    I don't think there is any evidence, except anecdotal, to support that conclusion. Flashers get their jollies from the act and the reaction to it. Sexual assault, or rape, is not about sex -- it's about violence, control, and domination. That doesn't mean exposure should be ignored, though, just understood a little better. Nobody can predict how a younger person might react when caught in such a situation, or what the long-term effect might be.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jul 9, 2009

    Give the guy a break. Its been hot lately.

  • donnied1952 Jul 8, 2009

    Oh my God, not in Cary. Next thing you know, they'll be moving modular home into the neighborhood.

    Time for all the yankees to move back north where they won't be exposed to such things.

  • babbleon Jul 8, 2009

    There may be a Williamsburg Manor down by Waverly Place, but Williamsburg Manor and Nottingham Dr are right off Walnut St near Crossroads and South Hills: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Nottingham+Dr,+Cary . The complex is on the corner of Nottingham and Donaldson.

    The big worry is that exposers often escalate into assault.

  • jonzini Jul 8, 2009

    YoucanthandletheTRUTH,
    Williamsburg Manor is no where near Waverly Place. The article is correct, it's near Crossroads.

  • kikinc Jul 8, 2009

    Williamsburg Manor is right behind Cook-Out, actually.

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