Suspect Gets Arrested for Indecent Exposure on Metro

WASHINGTON, DC - A 48 year old Capitol Heights man is heading to jail after exposing himself on a Metro train.

Metro riders are getting credit for Robert Scott Jr's arrest and conviction. It's the first one linked to the transit agency's online reporting system.

Police say Metro riders at the Reagan National Airport Station last month, reported a man touching himself inappropriately on the train.

"Witnesses to the exposure called Metro Transit Police. We sent officers to the scene. They interviewed Mr Scott and determined that he had indeed exposed himself and he was arrested," Deputy Police Chief Leslie Campbell says.

Scott pled guilty to two counts of indecent exposure. He was sentenced to 12 months for each, all but four months of that suspended.

Other charges are pending based on an online complaint.

"Mr. Scott had on distinct clothing when he was contacted by officer," Scott says. "The day before we received a complaint of indecent exposure and the day of we received an online complaint for a person who was wearing similar clothing.

Scott is expected to face a misdemeanor complaint of sexual abuse for the incident reported online, which allegedly happened at the Foggy Bottom Metro Station on July 25th.

"We're offering victims the opportunity to make complaints anonymously. We know in law enforcement that sexual crimes are under reported," the Deputy Chief says.

There have been 70 online complaints of sexual abuse or harassment on Metro trains since the system was activated March 9th. A team of Transit Officers will follow up on every one of them.

The online reporting form is easily accessible on a smart phone.

"I would be interested in that kind of communication and I bet they could respond quicker and faster to incidents that occur on Metro,"Allison Vanocker says.

Ikuko Karacsony likes it too.

"If it makes it easier for people to report crimes, I think it's a good idea," Karacsony says.

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By Erin B 08/30/2012 08:57:00