Po­lice sting nabs teen se­rial flasher sus­pect

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - GRACE UHR

AN UN­DER­COVER cop who posed as a run­ner caught an al­leged teenage se­rial flasher with his pants down in Cairns.

For more than a month a boy, 15, had ter­rorised women at Ed­mon­ton, jump­ing nude from a bush as they went past.

Ed­mon­ton Act­ing Se­nior Sergeant Ge­off Stock­all yesterday de­tailed the plan to nab him, cen­tred on Se­nior Con­sta­ble Amanda Jones, who vol­un­teered to pose as a run­ner for the sting on Mon­day.

“It takes a bit of plan­ning – you have to get the avail­able of­fi­cers on shift,” he said. “We had to make sure we got an ap­pro­pri­ate fe­male of­fi­cer in the role. We couldn’t have got some­one who was, say, over 50.”

Four other po­lice were dis­guised as pedes­tri­ans, while six de­tec­tives and tac­ti­cal of­fi­cers also hid in the im­me­di­ate area.

Act­ing Sen- Sgt Stock­all said they had planned to run the op­er­a­tion for up to a week but it took just 40 min­utes for the al­leged flasher to re­veal him­self, so to speak, and be taken into cus­tody about 5pm.

A boy has been charged with five counts of wil­ful ex­po­sure un­der the pro­vi­sions of the Youth Jus­tice Act 1992.

Po­lice have called on other vic­tims to come for­ward.

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