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Wake County Man Charged With Indecent Exposure

Posted May 2, 2005

— A Wake County man is in jail, charged with a string of sex offenses at a farm where children took horse riding lessons from his wife.

Police charged Michael Walser with three counts of taking indecent liberties with children and four counts of indecent exposure.

Investigators say three girls, ages 14 to 18, witnessed a total of seven incidents at the Oakwood Stables in Northern Wake County.

"These girls all go to the stables and ride together," said Lt. Tom Coleman of the Wake County Sheriff's Office. "And once one came forward, the others came forward and told us about the allegations."

Investigators say Walser stood inside his house at a window while the girls were outside in the horse ring. They say the incidents date back to 2003 and may involve more victims.

"We know there are some other victims that we want to speak to at this time," Coleman said.

Bonnie Walser, the suspect's wife of 16 years, told WRAL that her family is devastated by the charges. She said her husband was not a monster and hopes she can retain the trust of parents who bring their children to the stables.

Investigators say it's a serious crime with serious consequences.

"They were going to these stables for the purpose of riding and enjoying horseback riding and were exposed to these events that happened there and that's something they should not have been subjected to," Coleman said.

Walser is in jail, being held under a $100,000 bond.

On Monday, a North Carolina Senate committee looked at a bill that rewrites indecent exposure laws. The new law would make it a felony if the victim were less than 16 years old.

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