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Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Man to be sentenced after masturbation near kids at park

A man with a criminal record for indecent exposure is set to be sentenced this week after Berkeley police officers say he masturbated near playground children at Ohlone Park in August. According to court papers, Michael Ward, 32, was naked — with only a jacket draped over his lap — when police contacted him Aug. 3 at the North […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Sex offender arrested after grabbing 3-year-old

Authorities in Berkeley arrested a registered sex offender over the weekend after he allegedly grabbed a man and his 3-year-old daughter just south of the UC Berkeley campus. According to a statement released by the University of California Police Department, officers on patrol Saturday, April 19, just after 5 p.m. saw the disturbance unfold. Police said […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Arrested man linked to 3 indecent exposure incidents

Berkeley Police arrested Curran Giddens for indecent exposure on April 23. Photo: Emilie Raguso A man police say videotaped himself masturbating in his car in front of two Berkeley High girls has been charged with three misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure, according to court documents. Curran Giddens, 38, of San Francisco, is scheduled to appear […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety, Schools

Police seek help after indecent exposure arrest

The Berkeley Police are seeking the community’s help following the arrest of a suspect for indecent exposure involving two students at Berkeley High School, both juveniles. Investigators believe there may have been additional unreported incidents and are asking that any other possible victims come forward to report the incidents, according to a statement released by BPD on Friday May […]