Police seeking victims of Raleigh man accused of sex offenses
Posted June 26, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — A Raleigh man faces more than a half dozen charges, including indecent exposure and taking indecent liberties with a child, and police say they want to hear from anyone who might have had contact with him.
Thomas Arnold Flora, 31, of 1803-C Hillock Drive, was jailed Tuesday under a $180,000 bond on three counts of second-degree kidnapping and two counts each of indecent exposure and indecent liberties with a child in connection with crimes that police say happened between May 2010 and June 2013.
Wake County Assistant District Attorney Melanie Shekita said Wednesday that investigators believe he drove around in a green Dodge Ram pickup truck looking for victims and that it's possible more are out there.
"I'm always concerned when we have multiple reports over several years with stranger victims, and I'm hopeful that anyone who has information about a potential other victim would contact the Raleigh Police Department."
The police department's tip line is 919-834-4357.
Many of the charges against Flora, who works for a local architectural firm, stem from accusations that he made inappropriate and suggestive remarks to a 13-year-old girl. In September 2011, he allegedly tried to kidnap a 12-year-old girl.
In April 2012, police say, he also exposed himself to a 4-year-old girl, inappropriately touched himself in front of her and then tried to take her without permission.
The three incidents allegedly occurred at an apartment complex on Deep Hollow Drive in northeast Raleigh.
Two other crimes happened on Varsity Drive in Raleigh where, police say, he grabbed the arm of a 6-year-old boy and tried to drag him into some woods in August 2012 and exposed himself last Monday to a 35-year-old woman.
"It's concerning to me that our victims range in age, and they range from young boys to young girls and even adult women," Shekita said.
Investigators have been working on the case for years, and the latest crime helped them identify Flora, she said.
"I think a lot of people are embarrassed when someone exposes themselves, and (they) don't think about the significance," Shekita said. "But it's a crime, and obviously could be more significant."