|Published:||May 30, 2013 1:56 PM EDT|
|Updated:||May 30, 2013 1:56 PM EDT|
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Two Port Charlotte men were arrested Wednesday at a county park on charges of Exposure of Sexual Organs as part of an operation conducted by the Sheriff's Office’s Narcotics Unit.
Jonathan Lowell Porter, 63, of 1145 Kennwood Avenue, and Paul Alan Schaffer, 65, of 20109 Helms Way, were both arrested on the first degree misdemeanor charges after they both exposed and fondled themselves at Kiwanis Park.
The Narcotics Unit conducted an undercover operation in both Kiwanis Park on Donora Street and in Sunrise Park on Edgewater Drive after receiving information of people participating in illegal sexual activity within the parks.
The undercover officer went to Sunrise Park at about 5:00 p.m. where he first met Porter, who engaged him in conversation. The undercover officer left Sunrise Park after about 30 minutes and went to Kiwanis Park. Shortly after he arrived, Porter pulled in to the same park. While they were chatting, Schaffer arrived on his bicycle.
According to reports, as soon as Schaffer got off his bike, he began to rub his genitals over top of his pants. Schaffer also began talking to the undercover detective, telling him about a secluded area of the park as Porter walked away elsewhere. Schaffer led the detective down a path into a wooded area. Even though the area was in the woods, it was still within sight of people in the park. It was noted that there was a mother with two small children in the park at the time.
Porter walked up to the area where Schaffer and the detective were. Both Porter and Schaffer are alleged to have exposed their genitals and to have started to masturbate. The detective signaled for other detectives to come in to take Porter and Schaffer into custody. They were transported to the Charlotte County Jail. They were released on $1,000 bond each.
The Sheriff’s Office’s Narcotics Unit often randomly conducts such operations when they have information of illegal sexual activity taking place. This activity often takes place in public areas, such as county parks, where families with children also go.
If anyone sees such activity, or has knowledge of illegal drug activity, please call the CCSO Narcotics Unit at 941-575-2157 and leave a message, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).