NYPD Detective Charged with Exposing Himself to Kids on Long Island

An off-duty NYPD detective who works in Brooklyn has reportedly been arrested on public lewdness charges in Long Island.

The suspect runs off once spotted, police said - although it's not known whether Francis is linked to the previous incidents.

A NYPD detective has been arrested in connection with allegations of improperly touching himself, police say. He has been suspended without pay from the NYPD. Gennario said in two of the cases, a man stood in the backyard and lured unsuspecting teenage females with a light strapped to the top of his head.

Newsday ( http://nwsdy.li/2nYMlNI ) says Detective Richard Francis is charged with public lewdness, trespassing and child endangerment.

Francis lives in the Springfield Gardens section of Queens and worked at the 71st Precinct in Crown Heights.

The arrest comes after a rash of similar incidents in the village since February. They also increased patrols.

The first incident occurred on February 5, and then the last two took place on February 27.

"We thought we were free and clear so it was a shock to us when this incident occurred on Friday night", Gennario said.

"We only charged him with misdemeanors", Police Commissioner Charles Gennario said, the New York Post reported. Authorities are urging anyone else who believes he or she may be a victim to call Rockville Centre police at 516-766-1500.

According to NBC, investigators are trying to figure out when and where else Francis may have committed the same crime.

Francis was released from custody on Monday pending his next court appearance on April 17.

  • Salvatore Jensen