RALEIGH, North Carolina (WTVD) — A teenager is facing charges after he allegedly exposed himself at a popular recreation area in Raleigh.
Authorities arrested 17-year-old Jeffrey Alton Travis after a woman reported the crime at Lake Johnson Park in south Raleigh.
The woman told ABC11 that the suspect she encountered around 3 p.m. Thursday was sitting on a bench about halfway around the circular trail at the lake.
She said she first noticed that he was holding up his phone and then she realized he was touching and exposing himself.
She said she believed he was shooting a video of the incident, and was shocked to hear that the suspect is just 17-years-old.
“It’s ridiculous, said Katherine Stephens, a walker at the park. “I don’t understand why people feel the need to do that.”
Stephens said she always walks with her dog so she feels safe. But she thinks it is a shame that some women will now rethink whether they are safe in broad daylight.
Travis is only accused of exposing himself to one victim, but investigators say three women – ages 22, 43, and 57 – reported the crimes.