LCSO: Man caught with pants down near local school

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Published: Apr. 5, 2018 at 1:34 PM EDT
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By: Alex Crescenti | WCTV Eyewitness News

April 5, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla (WCTV) -- A Tallahassee man has been arrested, accused of masturbating in public near a local middle school.

Most parents we spoke with hadn't heard about the incident until we asked them about it. One mother almost jumped out of the seat of her car after we told her what 31-year-old Willie Rogers was accused of doing.

Police reports say Rogers was pleasuring himself on a sidewalk near Nims Middle School.

Many parents shared the same sentiments after learning why Rogers was arrested. And, many were left asking questions.

"Did any of the kids witness this or was he pleasuring himself over a kid?" asked Robert Washington, who has three children attending the school.

According to the Leon County Sheriff's Office, a 12-year-old was one of the three people to witness the incident. Some parents said they found out about this from word of mouth.

"I heard a little something about it one day, but I didn't pay that much attention to it," said Wendle William Sadler, the grandfather of a student.

Others say they were completely in the dark about what happened.

"They didn't inform us about it. I would have liked them to call me or send some sort of message with the student. I haven't received anything, I haven't received a letter, I don't know if there's something in the mail," said Helen Mitchell.

WCTV reached out to Leon County Schools, and they said they're not releasing a statement because the incident did not occur on school property.

However, for some parents, it happened too close for comfort.

"Especially with everything going on right now, after the Parkland shootings and just all the gun threats and gun violence going on, I would expect them to call me. I'm not happy about that," said Mitchell.

Officials with LCSO say since the lewd behavior occurred outside of school grounds, there will not be any increase in the charges.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News

April 5, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A Tallahassee man has been arrested, accused of masturbating in public near a local middle school.

According to arrest documents, the incident happened around 2 p.m. Tuesday near R. Frank Nims Middle School in Tallahassee.

Witnesses reported seeing a male in the area of Pasco Street and Tuskegee Street, sitting outside the perimeter fence of the school. Witnesses claim that the man had his pants below his waist and was visibly pleasuring himself while looking inside the fence of the school.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office says one of the three witnesses to the incident was a 12-year-old.

Witnesses said the man appeared to be scared off when he saw construction workers approaching and walked across the street. Witnesses were able to provide deputies with a description of the suspect.

LCSO says the next day, the witnesses came to the school to fill out a sworn written statement, and advised deputies that the suspect was sitting on a bench outside of the school.

Police met with a man waiting at a nearby bus stop, and identified him as the suspect from the incident the previous day.

Deputies say the man, 31-year-old Willie Rogers, became hostile while being read his Miranda Rights and declined to answer any questions.

Rogers was arrested on a charge of lewd and lascivious behavior involving a victim under the age of 16. He is being held in the Leon County Detention Facility.

We have reached out and are awaiting word back from Leon County Schools on the incident.