Man Arrested for Lewd Acts Near School Children

According to the Redding Police Department they were called to Cypress School around noon Tuesday because school staff saw a man standing near the fence acting suspicious.

Posted: May 8, 2018 3:36 PM

Redding, Calif.—According to the Redding Police Department they were called to Cypress School around noon Tuesday because school staff saw a man standing near the fence acting suspicious.

After further observation they realized the man was masturbating while looking through the chain link fence watching students on the playground.

While school staff was reporting the incident to police the man left the location on foot.

Officers immediately flooded the area and apprehended James Wayne Watkins, 48 years old at the intersection of Pine Street and South Street.

He was taken into custody without incident.

Witnesses came to the arrest location and positively identified Watkins as the suspect masturbating while watching children on the school campus.

A records check revealed Watkins is on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) through Shasta County for a narcotic related offense.

Watkins was arrested and booked into the Shasta County Jail for indecent exposure and revocation of his post release community supervision.

Watkins has prior arrests throughout the state for numerous offenses including a prior indecent exposure arrest in February of this year in Sacramento.

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