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Police Reports Offer Detail of Flasher Incidents

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police have identified the man that was arrested Wednesday in connection with several flashing incidents.

Brian Spooner, 24, said he was the flasher that the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has been searching for more than a year, according to Chief of Investigations Tom Hackney.  "I would not be surprised if there were cases dating back years," Hackney said.

During a news conference Wednesday night, Hackney explained that tips from news stories led to Spooner's arrest and said that he confessed to the crimes. Police, who arrested him in Mayport at work Wednesday afternoon, did not release Spooner's name until Thursday.

Hackney said, "This is a man who left his residence seeking out child victims to do this to."

The incidents began back on Sept. 23, 2010 in the 700 block of Assisi Lane.  They stopped for several months after that but then a second incident was reported in the 1300 block of Kernan Blvd. on Jan. 13, 2011. 

The incidents became more frequent starting Sept. 23 of this year, police said. Oct. 13, Oct. 20 and Oct. 25 police received similar reports then this week released two composite sketches, which clearly appeared to be of the same man.

The victims in all of these incidents but the latest ranged in age from 11 to 16 years old. The most recent victim is 20, police said.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office released arrest reports detailing four incidents this fall.

In a report dated Sept. 23, a 14-year-old girl told police she was walking home from her bus stop when she saw a man in a black Volkswagen Beetle.  He reportedly asked her if she wanted to see something, then exposed himself to her.

The following incident, dated Oct. 13, also involved a girl walking home from the bus stop.  The 13-year-old victim said a man in a black Volkswagen Beetle was following her, and when he asked her for directions, she turned around and he exposed himself to her.

One week later, on Oct. 20, a 12-year-old girl playing in her yard reported seeing a man in a black Volkswagen Beetle drive slowly past her home, and when she looked at him, he exposed himself.

The most recent report is from Tuesday, when a 20-year-old victim said she was driving to work when she noticed a man in a black Volkswagen Beetle who had been behind her pull up alongside.  She reported that he exposed himself as he was driving.

Hackney said there could be cases dating back years and "many, many more victims" involving the suspect.

Anyone with information regarding these crimes can contact JSO at (904) 630-0050 or contact our partner First Coast Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS (8477).


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