Man Accused of Masturbating in Front of Female Cop in Dodge Park

August 26, 2019, 2:02 PM

A 29-year-old man faces charges of masturbating in Dodge Park in Sterling Heights in front of two women, including an off-duty cop, the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office said. 

“This type of vulgar behavior will certainly not be tolerated,” Prosecutor Eric Smith said in a statement. “Dodge Park is a beautiful place for families to go to; to enjoy the outdoors and recreation with their children. Having to worry about something like this is unconscionable.”

Indecent exposure allegedly occurred on this Dodge Park trail network. (Photo: City of Sterling Heights)

William Brown faces two counts of aggravated indecent exposure. Each charge carries a penalty of up to two years in prison. 

Brown, arraigned Friday, is due back in district court Sept. 6 for a probable cause hearing. 

He was riding a bicycle around the Utica Road park's trail Aug. 1 while exposing his penis and masturbating, according to authorities. The first woman who saw this was an off-duty police officer, who had been jogging on the asphalt trail, the prosecutor's office said.

About a half-hour later, another woman saw him on his bike with his penis exposed. She said she tried to go in a different direction to avoid the man, but she then saw him sitting on a bench masturbating. 

The park off Utica Road has a half-mile gravel trail and a three-quarter-mile asphalt path through wooded areas. (Graphic: City of Sterling Heights)

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