for immediate release
May 21, 2002

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Quick work by Okaloosa County Sheriff's Deputies has resulted in the arrest of a suspected exhibitionist in Destin. Arrested last night on a Felony charge of Lewd or Lascivious Exhibition is Jose Valencia Franco, age 18 (5-2-84), of 734 Legion Drive, Unit #62, Destin.

Franco was found by Deputy Daryl Culberson approximately 12 minutes after the mother of a nine year old girl called the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office to report her daughter and a friend had just encountered a man who whistled at them and exposed himself. The girls, both nine years old, were riding their bicycles in a Legion Drive townhouse complex a few minutes before 5:00 o'clock Monday afternoon.

Deputy Maria Witsman served as an interpreter for Franco, a Mexican national. Franco stated he was walking to work at a Mexican restaurant when he was stopped by a Deputy.

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(850) 651-7420

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