COLUMBIA — Two separate incidents of sexual misconduct in Cosmo-Bethel Park have been reported in the past two weeks, according to a release issued Wednesday by Columbia police.
Two teenage girls told police they were walking home from school at about 3:05 p.m. Tuesday when they saw a man masturbating in a white SUV. They also reported he had a cellphone out and could have been taking pictures of himself or them, the news release said.
The man was described as white, in his early to mid-20s with dark hair.
In an earlier incident reported Aug. 30, a man was reported to be masturbating in the park and possibly taking pictures of himself with a cellphone, according to the release.
The description of the man in that incident was similar.
Cosmo-Bethel is less than a quarter-mile from Gentry Middle School. Both are located on the 4000 block of Bethel Street. The Police Department notified the Columbia Public School District about the incidents.
Both incidents are being investigated, and police were asking anyone with information to contact the nonemergency line, 442-6131, or 911 in case of emergency.
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