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Man exposed himself to families in traffic near Lowe’s store, sheriff’s officials say

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Tuolumne County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 63-year-old Auburn man suspected of exposing himself to people in Jamestown and families stopped in traffic near a Lowe’s Home Improvement store.

Ronald Deason was arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure, the Sheriff’s Department announced in a Facebook post.

Sheriff’s officials said they received calls on Monday morning from people reporting they saw a man touching himself in public in Jamestown.

Later, officials received reports of a man touching himself in Sonora. The man was spotted on the Highway 108 overpass near the Lowe’s on Old Wards Ferry Road.

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Tuolumne County sheriff’s deputies on Monday Sept. 2, 2019, arrest Ronald Deason on suspicion of indecent exposure along Old Wards Ferry Road in Sonora, California. Tuolumne County Sheriff's Department

Several families who were stopped in traffic with their young children saw the man commit the sexual act, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies went to the area and spotted a man matching the suspect description leaving in a Toyota Prius. The deputies pulled over the car along Old Wards Ferry Road.

In the car, they found Deason, the post said. Sheriff’s officials said several witnesses identified him as the suspect who had exposed himself. Deason was arrested and later booked at the Tuolumne County Jail.

Rosalio Ahumada writes news stories about criminal court cases in Stanislaus County for The Modesto Bee, issues related to immigration and immigrant communities and breaking news related to crime and public safety. From time to time, he covers the Modesto City Council meetings. He has worked as a news reporter in the Northern San Joaquin Valley since 2004.
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