Man identified for public indecency

By Anna Carrera , Betty Simpson |

Published 05/19 2014 10:29AM

Updated 07/11 2014 05:15PM

Latest: 4:48 pm, 7/11/14, Friday
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- Police tracked down a man for exposing himself at least three times this past year. Investigators say John Wilson has no connection to the university, but he was spotted exposing himself twice at Grainger Library and once at the Illini Union. Police say they used surveillance video to figure out who he was.

UI Police Lieutenant Tony Brown says, "We've found, so far, that when we have video evidence available, we're actually solving 70% of those cases which is a great clearance rate."

Wilson is a registered sex offender. He faces charges of exposing himself after prior convictions. Investigators say his most recent case of public indecency happened at the Grainger Library in May.
Update: 7:00 am, 7/11/14, Friday
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- UI police identified a man for public indecency after almost two months investigating. Police say John Wilson was involved with an incident at Grainger Library on May 14, 2014.

Police released surveillance video of the suspect at the time. A woman told police a man exposed himself to her at the library, then took off towards the stairway and changed his clothes before leaving. Police haven't said how they found the suspect. 
Original: 10:29 am, 5/19/14, Monday
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- UI police want help identifying a suspect believed to have engaged in public indecency. Wednesday, May 14, about 11:45 pm, a woman reported a man exposing himself while she was studying in a cubicle on the second floor of Grainger Library, in the 1300-block of West Springfield, Urbana. The suspect gathered his belongings, exited a stairwell and changed his clothes before leaving the library.

The suspect is described as a white man, in his 30's, 5'7", 180 lbs. When he entered the library, he was wearing an orange ball-cap, tan zip-up jacket and blue pants. When he left, he was wearing the same hat, but a white hooded sweatshirt and khaki pants. Both times he was carrying a black bag.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers. You can remain anonymous and may earn a cash reward. To see video of the suspect, click here

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