9 men busted for indecent exposure at Knoxville's Tyson Park

9 men busted for indecent exposure at Knoxville's Tyson Park

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A number of men were cited for indecent exposure Friday afternoon at Knoxville's Tyson Park. A number of men were cited for indecent exposure Friday afternoon at Knoxville's Tyson Park.
Officials say nine men exposed themselves to an undercover officer at a Tyson Park restroom. Officials say nine men exposed themselves to an undercover officer at a Tyson Park restroom.
The restroom is located next to a playground and a tennis court. The restroom is located next to a playground and a tennis court.
"Absolutely random folks, some are from Knox County, some are from other counties. There's no connection with them whatsoever," Sgt. Sammy Shaffer said. "Absolutely random folks, some are from Knox County, some are from other counties. There's no connection with them whatsoever," Sgt. Sammy Shaffer said.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A number of men were arrested and cited for indecent exposure Friday afternoon at Knoxville's Tyson Park.

Officials say nine men exposed themselves to an undercover officer at the restroom located next to the playground and tennis court. Police say the exposure was a way of signaling for a date.

"Typically what happens is they see someone go into the restroom that they think they can have a date, so to speak, with, and they'll follow them into the bathroom and expose themselves. The problem is it's not anyone they know; it's an undercover police officer posing as a typical greenway user," said Sgt. Sammy Shaffer with KPD.

The nine men they cited Friday for indecent exposure range in ages 20 to 60, and they don't have any connection to one another.

"Absolutely random folks, some are from Knox County, some are from other counties. There's no connection with them whatsoever," Sgt. Shaffer said.

Police said the men did not target children and were not violent. They also did not catch anyone participating in any sexual acts and believe the restroom acted as a meeting place.

"In fact, there's no signal or trade-off like prostitution. These folks are looking for their date and this is the signal," said Shaffer. "Our problem isn't that they're meeting for dates; it's the way they're doing it."

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