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Police: East Palo Alto teen arrested for lewd conduct

Alleged incident took place in Palo Alto on April 26

Palo Alto police have arrested at 17-year-old East Palo Alto teen in connection to an incident of lewd conduct that took place in Palo Alto in April of this year.

Investigators said the victim, a woman in her 70s, called police on April 26 to report the incident, which occurred the day before between 4:30 and 5 p.m. in the 400 block of Melville Avenue. The woman said she was walking her dog east on Melville when she stopped in a driveway to let the teen, who was following behind her, pass. As he passed her, the teen, who had a jacket draped over both of his hands, covering his groin, was allegedly moving his hands in a rhythmic motion. The woman told police that she believed he was masturbating.

During the investigation, detectives were able to identify the juvenile involved in the incident, and submitted the case to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office for review. In late June, the DA's office and the Santa Clara County Juvenile Probation Department obtained a petition against the teen for one count of misdemeanor lewd conduct, police said.

Authorities are not releasing the name of the teen because he is a juvenile.

The incident, police said, occurred on the same street where a man flashed a 13-year-old girl walking her dogs on March 14. There is no evidence at this time to connect the two cases or any other recent cases in Palo Alto, police said.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the police department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to paloalto@tipnow.org or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.

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Posted by Concerned Coach
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 6, 2016 at 12:04 pm

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