Palo Alto police arrested a man this week after he allegedly sat naked in front of his apartment window and masturbated in full view of other residents in two separate incidents.
Officers responded to a call on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at about 6:43 p.m. regarding an incident exposure that had just occurred inside the Opportunity Center at 33 Encina Ave., according to a police statement.
A man in his 30s who lives at the complex said he looked outside his apartment window and saw the man, later identified as Scott Ford Bogart, 63, inside his fifth-floor apartment. Bogart was seated in a chair pulled up next to a picture window facing outward. He was in full view of the courtyard and many apartments and was allegedly masturbating and looking at the victim. Once they made eye contact, Bogart allegedly turned off the lights in his apartment, then flicked them on and off again. The man in his 30s called police.
Officers previously responded to a similar complaint involving Bogart on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 6:40 p.m. In that case, a 21-year-old woman and two teen girls were standing on a second-floor balcony of the complex. They saw Bogart allegedly naked and masturbating at his window and flicking the light on and off in his room. He did not make eye contact with any of the women. Officers wrote a crime report that night and forwarded it to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office for review.
Bogart was arrested without incident after the Feb. 17 incident. He was charged with two misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure in Santa Clara County Superior Court on Feb. 20.
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call the Palo Alto Police Department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent by text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.