Police sting nabs teen serial flasher suspect
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.