Indecent exposure incident reported at local elementary school

By: Thomas Franz | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published October 16, 2015

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During the evening Oct. 13, parents of children who attend Atwood Elementary School on North Avenue in Macomb Township reportedly saw a man walking through the school’s parking lot and exposing his bare backside.

Macomb County Sheriff’s Office deputies were notified of the incident at approximately 6:20 p.m. According to a report from the Sheriff’s Office, the parent witnesses were dropping off students for a school-sanctioned event. The school principal reportedly was notified by a parent two hours after the incident took place. The school then contacted the Sheriff’s Office.

A L’Anse Creuse school official said that no students saw the individual.

The Sheriff’s Office report stated that witnesses saw the man walking north on the edge of the school parking lot near North Avenue. He reportedly stopped three times and dropped his pants while exposing his bare backside. The man then continued walking north on North Avenue and then east on Harrellson Drive.

The man, approximately 45 years of age, was described as white and approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build. He was described as mostly bald but with gray hair at the sides of his head. At the time, he was wearing a black leather jacket and khaki pants.

Macomb County Sheriff’s Lt. John Michalke said that witnesses should contact the Sheriff’s Office immediately during an incident like this.

“When somebody sees something, that should be reported to the police. We encourage people to call right away so that we can get out there and identify anybody involved,” Michalke said. “We would encourage people to call promptly and to call the police department directly so we can respond and be of some assistance.”

Kelly Allen, the school district’s public and community relations director, said parents and staff were notified of the incident.

“The next day, the principal talked with staff members, making sure they were fully aware of what happened and the description of the individual, in case they had seen the individual near the school. We have had no reports of the individual being seen since the incident occurred,” Allen said.

Allen added that the school district educates its students on how to act in a “stranger danger” incident.

“All of our schools do a great job of making sure our students are aware, discussing stranger danger, discussing all of those important things that if a child is ever feeling uncomfortable about anything, that they can go to their teacher, principal or staff member that they trust,” Allen said.

Anyone who may have information on the incident is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (586) 307-9412.

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