Indecent Exposure Reported at Library

Suspect fled after police called

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and Cold Spring Police Department are investigating an incident of indecent exposure at the Butterfield Library. At about 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 11, a man allegedly exposed himself to a female patron inside the library, which is located at 10 Morris Avenue.

An image of the suspect taken from the library's security camera.

An image of the suspect taken from the library’s security camera.

The suspect is described as a black man in his mid-20s or early 30s, about 5’ 10’ tall, with a stocky build. He was wearing a blue Nike sweatshirt with gray sleeves and gray sweatpants.

According to library director Gillian Thorpe, the man fled the library when police were called. “I’d like to thank our patrons, staff and local police for their assistance in this matter,” she said. “Thankfully, the library recently installed security cameras and we were able to give the police pictures to assist with their investigation. Lastly, please speak with your children about public safety. Although we do our best to keep the library safe, this is a good reminder that no public place is 100 percent safe.”

Investigators believe that the suspect may have recently committed similar incidents at other libraries in lower Dutchess County. Authorities are asking persons who have information about the suspect or his identity to call the Cold Spring Police Department at 845-265-9111 or the Sheriff’s Office at 845-225-4300. Calls will be kept confidential.

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