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Second indecent exposure incident by male in Lathrop

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POSTED September 27, 2012 1:06 a.m.

LATHROP – For the second time in a month a Lathrop Elementary School student has been subjected to indecent exposure by a male adult.

According to a letter that was sent home with students on Wednesday, an unidentified pupil was walking in the area of Warfield Road and Thomsen Avenue just before 8 a.m. when a young Asian male identified between the ages of 18 and 20 allegedly exposed himself while sitting inside of his grey, compact four-door sedan.

Before the student could notify an adult the accused perpetrator – who was said to have been wearing dark grey clothing and a black beanie – drove away.

While the student did attend nearby Lathrop Elementary School, the exchange did not occur on campus.

Earlier this month the school leadership came under fire by concerned parents angry over the handling of an on-campus incident where a participant in an after-school program was believed to have been subjected to a similar situation in a bathroom. A flier – much like the one that went home to parents on Wednesday – was sent out to parents informing them of that incident as well, but parents became incensed when days passed before a special after-school meeting could be held to address their concerns.

It garnered considerable media attention.

But the meeting may have gotten the ball rolling on implementing measures that likely beef up security at the aging campus and build a partnership between the district and the City of Lathrop.

At an informal meeting with parents, City Councilman Sonny Dhaliwal suggested the idea of having the City of Lathrop team-up with the Manteca Unified School District to split the cost of installing cameras on the campus – an expense that is typically already included in the budgets when new sites are constructed.

The price tag could stretch upwards of $70,000.

Parents also talked about the possibility of starting a formal Neighborhood Watch program where those who live near the school can make their presence known both before and after school, and phasing in other similar programs like a “safe house” where students know they can turn if they’re propositioned – a place where a fingerprinted, licensed adult resides and can double as an off-campus supervisor.

Lathrop Elementary School Principal David Silveira confirmed that not only did the fliers go home with students, but an NTI mass message was also sent out to inform parents as quickly as possible.

Anybody with any information that could lead to the identification and subsequent arrest of the person or persons involved is encouraged to call 1-800-78-CRIME (1-800-782-7463) or visit www.wetip.com. All information presented is kept anonymous, and tipsters could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 pending arrest and conviction.

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