Man accused of exposing himself to young girls near Ida Price Middle School in San Jose has been arrested, police say

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) – In South Bay, a man has been arrested, charged with exposing himself to young girls near a school.

San Jose police said the investigation began with at least three reported incidents last year.

The police released his mugshot and ABC7 is showing it because the police think he may have victimized more people and they want them to report it.

Police say in October a young girl told them she was walking near Ida Price Middle School when the suspect stopped her car, asked for directions, and then exposed himself.

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The same thing happened in November and December to two other girls walking near Coit Drive and Leigh Avenue near the school.

Police believe the three incidents are related.

“In December of last year, we issued a press release with sketches of the suspect advising, if anyone recognizes him, please contact us,” said Sgt. Christian Camarillo with the San Jose Police Department.

After the sketches were released, police said two more victims who did not initially report Couch came forward.

They were then able to link these incidents to the other three and ultimately arrest Couch.

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“What’s important about this is that many of these crimes begin with, possibly an incident of indecent exposure, as this suspect was responsible for,” the sergeant said. Camarillo said, “A lot of times it escalates into something more serious as these people get emboldened and then can move on to something like sexual assault and so on.”

Neighbors close to the area where the flashing incidents occurred told ABC7 News they were a tight-knit community and were hoping for an arrest.

“People care about each other (here),” Lorretta Hunt said, “There are schools here, kids riding bikes. If they try again, anyone: we’ll find you and you we’ll catch.”

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With a suspect arrested, there is a sense of relief.

“I’m glad he got caught,” Heather Allen said, “hopefully he doesn’t get off too easily.”

San Jose police believe there may be more victims.

They ask anyone with information to contact them.

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