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Scranton Police: Arrested Hill Section Flasher Has History Of Indecent Exposure

February 16, 2018 GMT

A Scranton man with a history of indecent exposure and corruption arrests involving girls in the Hill Section faces charges he exposed himself to four teens in the neighborhood last Friday and Saturday.

Orlando Santiago, 45, was arrested Thursday on indecent exposure and other charges after city detectives quickly zeroed in on him as a suspect based on how and where the incidents happened and the physical description provided by the victims.

Santiago, who lives in the 600 block of Mineral Avenue, was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Joanne Corbett and held in Lacka­wan­na County Prison when he could not post $100,000 bail.

Santiago exposed his genitals to three girls — two 16 and one 17 — as they walked to school last Friday morning in the area of Costello Court, Detectives Joseph Lafferty and Michael Schultz wrote in the arrest affidavit.

On Saturday morning, Santiago exposed himself to a 15-year-old girl as she walked to school in the area of Hitchcock Court and Pine Street, the affidavit said.

In each case, the girls told police, the suspect was driving a red Ford Taurus and stood outside the car with his pants unzipped and his genitals exposed before getting back into the vehicle and driving away.

All described the suspect as a heavyset man with short dark hair and noticeable bags under his eyes, the affidavit said. The girls also described his clothing.

The investigation began after the father of the 15-year-old notified police of Saturday’s incident.

Based in part on the suspect’s modus operandi, detectives identified Santiago as a person of interest.

According to the affidavit, Santiago is still on probation stemming from his arrest for indecent exposure and related charges under similar circumstances and in the same neighborhood in December 2016.

In addition, in May 2012, Santiago was charged with corruption of minors after he asked three girls, 10, 11 and 13, for sexual favors from inside his vehicle at Monroe Avenue and Myrtle Street, the affidavit said.

Investigators learned Santiago owns a red Ford Taurus and were able to confirm the car was in the area at the time the incidents happened Friday and Saturday by reviewing video surveillance at the Jewish Community School and the University of Scranton, the affidavit said. The driver of the car also matched the description provided by the girls.

In an interview at headquarters Wednesday, Santiago denied involvement in any incidents, the affidavit said.

However, a later search of his Taurus turned up two shirts and a pair of pants in the trunk that matched the descriptions of the clothing the girls told police the suspect was wearing, detectives said.

Santiago is charged with four counts each of indecent exposure, corruption of minors, open lewdness and disorderly conduct. His preliminary hearing is 11:15 a.m. Wednesday.

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