Michael Chase, 24, arrested last week in connection with three indecent exposure incidents, has admitted to investigators that he has engaged in at least 80 similar incidents since the fall of 2013.
Chase is currently being held on $250,000 bond, subject to 10 percent.
He was arrested Friday on three counts of felony child abuse after he was stopped around 4:40 P.M while driving near 169th & V St.
Sheriff’s deputies saturated southwest Douglas County looking for a suspect in recent incidents. Detectives developed a list of potential suspect vehicles from witness descriptions and partial plate information along with a description of the suspect. Chase’s vehicle was observed driving in the area and was stopped after he failed to properly signal a turn.
After the traffic stop, he voluntarily agreed to speak with detectives about the recent cases of exposure in southwest Douglas County. During his interview, Chase admitted to exposing himself to the recent victims and several others. The victims in the three cases reported last week are all female, ages 12-13.
We first met Rebecca Samuelson last Tuesday after the mother had filed a police report on behalf of her daughter's two friends; this when a stranger drove up behind them and exposed himself near 176th and J street. Monday night, 24-year-old Michael Chase was in jail and investigators citing Samuelson's report among a few others as help towards a big break in the case.
"My biggest thing is that I wanted to get it out and I wanted people to know what was going on to hopefully get him caught, hopefully it helped, I hope... So the girls didn't go through this for nothing,” Samuelson said.
Chief Deputy Tom Wheeler told WOWT 6 News, those victims or their family who filed a report were critical in solving the case. “Had it been reported last fall, we may have captured him sooner,” Wheeler told WOWT 6 News. Wheeler had advice for others who may encounter a similar situation, “my best advice to the community is to report these events, get a good description and if possible write down the plate number,” Wheeler said.