Illinois man arrested for exposing himself to teen girls on Siesta Key

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SIESTA KEY, FL. - The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested an Illinois man after they say he exposed himself to teenage girls swimming at Siesta Key Beach.

On Thursday around 2:30 p.m., a Sarasota County lifeguard alerted deputies to 69-year-old Tom Petcher of Hillsboro, Illinois, after two 14-year-old girls said he had his swim trunks around his ankles and tried to brush one of the girls’ legs with his buttocks. As the girls moved away from him, Petcher floated on his back with his genitals exposed. He continued this activity for at least 15 minutes, swimming toward the girls every time they tried to get away.

When deputies confronted Petcher, he was walking quickly toward the parking lot to try to avoid being detained.

He was arrested and charged with 2 counts of Lewd and Lascivious Exhibition.