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Man accused of indecent exposure incidents in The Heights

A suspected flasher is now in custody, authorities announced Friday morning.
Credit: Harris Co Pct 1
David Cole, arrested for indecent exposure in The Heights

HOUSTON — A registered sex offender has been taken into custody after multiple indecent exposure incidents in The Heights, authorities said.

Constable Alan Rosen with Harris County Pct 1 identified the suspect as Paul Cole.

He was taken into custody Friday in the 700 block of E. 11th Street.

A woman told deputies Cole, 60, followed her and her daughter before Christmas and then exposed himself in the 600 block of Oxford. 

The victim said he was following them on his bicycle and when he got closure, she realized he was "gratifying himself," Precinct 1 said. 

She yelled at him and he rode off. 

The woman did a little detective work and looked up registered sex offenders in the area. She said she recognized Cole as the flasher and notified Precinct 1. 

Rosen said several people posted similar incidents on the NextDoor app but not all of them were reported to law enforcement.

"I really want people who use the NextDoor app, it's a great app to community with neighbors and all that stuff but please, before you post on NextDoor, please call us," said Rosen said. "Let us do our job." 

If you were a victim of indecent exposure, Rosen's office wants to hear from you. If you are aware of any incidents of indecent exposure in the Heights, please call Call (713) 755-7628 or contact Corporal Joe Bowden at joseph.bowden@cn1.hctx.net.

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