Naked man exposes himself to arrest

After four complaints about a naked male near East Boot Road and northbound Route 202, police decided to take action.

Detectives from the West Goshen Police Department installed multiple cameras in the area believed to be the site where the unclad man had been seen fondling himself along the side of the road between June 27 and Sept. 9, said a West Goshen Township Police press release.

Police said another report came in on Aug. 30. When investigators checked the cameras, they saw a white male in his 50s, wearing a white V-neck t-shirt, gym shorts, and Merrell sneakers as he left the area.

In one of the reports, a caller advised that she saw a white Jeep SUV parked on the side of the road in the area and thought it might have been related. On Sept. 9, an off-duty West Goshen officer was traveling northbound on Route 202 and exited at Boot Road, the release said.

As the officer drove up the ramp, he observed a white Jeep Liberty. Since the officer was aware of the investigation, he took a picture of the vehicle. He then made a right turn onto Boot Road and observed a white male standing along the roadway masturbating.

When the suspect realized the officer was stopping, he fled to his vehicle but got stuck in traffic. The officer approached, identified himself, and told the man to remain at the scene, where he was arrested and transported to the station, the release said.

Police said Gary Reed Hacker, 59, of Collegeville, has engaged in similar conduct before. Court records show that Hacker received two years’ probation for open lewdness, stemming from an October 2006 incident in Perkiomen Township. In 1995, he pleaded guilty to indecent exposure in Limerick, receiving a sentence of a year on probation.


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