Hartly man charged with indecent exposure near school

HARTLY — Delaware State Police have charged an 18-year old man for exposing himself while at a Hartly day care and the elementary school. The arrest was announced Friday.

On July 7, at about 4:40 p.m., an employee of the Hartly Elementary School was cutting grass on the school property along the roadway when she observed a red two-door vehicle, which had been traveling north on Arthursville Road, pull over onto the shoulder directly across from her. A male suspect in the driver’s seat opened the door. According to police, he wasn’t wearing pants and exposed himself to the employee. The suspect then began to touch himself in an inappropriate manner. The employee called 9-1-1 and the suspect drove away eastbound on Hartly Road.

The school was not in session, and no children were present.

Brandon M. Tucker

Brandon M. Tucker

On multiple occasions from July 15 to July 22, the suspect’s vehicle was seen at the Hartly Family Learning Center, which is a day-care facility located at 21 North St. A day-care employee reported that on one occasion as she walked toward her vehicle, she observed a small red passenger car pull into the parking lot and park. According to police, the driver — a white male — opened his door with his pants pulled down to his knees and exposed himself to the employee. As the employee left the property in her vehicle, the suspect followed the victim onto the road and then drove away in a different direction.

On July 21, another day-care employee said as she was approaching her vehicle in the parking lot, she observed the red vehicle enter the parking lot and park next to her vehicle. The same male suspect remained inside of the car and proceeded to follow the female employee as she drove away from the parking lot. The suspect then drove off in a different direction.

After investigating, troopers identified Brandon M. Tucker as the suspect and on Tuesday they went to his residence in the 1300 block of Crystal Road. Mr. Tucker was taken into custody without incident and charged with two counts of second-degree indecent exposure, two counts of lewdness and five counts of third-degree criminal trespass. He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 and released on $3,050 unsecured bond.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective M. Csapo at (302) 741-2810 or information also may be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333, at www.tipsubmit.com or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

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