University Police (UP) received a complaint Tuesday afternoon after a 56-year-old man exposed hissexual organs to a female student in a public area of the fourth floor of the Marshall Student Center (MSC) on Tuesday afternoon.
The complaint was received at approximately 11:40 a.m., and officials searched the MSC and surrounding premises for the suspect, who fled on a bicycle, according to a statement from UP spokeswoman Lt. Charlotte Domingo.
At approximately 1:10 p.m., UP received a call that the suspect had returned to the MSC, and officers located him on the third floor of the
building. The suspect was identified by the female student as the same individual from the earlier incident.
The suspect, who is not affiliated with the university, was issued a trespass warning and is prohibited from returning to the USF campus. His name could not be released because no charges were filed with UP, but a charge of exposure of sexual organs has been filed with the Hillsborough County State Attorneys Office.
Domingo said the suspect was not arrested because the misdemeanor charge filed was not under the list of items that one can be arrested for without a police officer having witnessed the incident.
We have had similar incidents happen over the years, she said. I believe there were a few cases in 2012. In at least one of those cases, the officer did witness the incident and an arrest was made at the scene.
Reporting by Elizabeth Engasser.