NORTH EAST — An elderly man who allegedly exposed himself to at least five people — including a child — at two public places near North East last week has been identified and is facing criminal charges, after he surrendered himself to police on Thursday, according to the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office and charging documents.
The suspect, Glen E. Grainger, 71, of Baltimore, is accused of exposing himself between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on July 12 in front of a woman and her child inside the Walmart at the Northeast Plaza shopping center and in front of three female employees inside the new Cecil County Public Library, which is across West Pulaski Highway (Route 40) from the shopping center, court records show.
During the CCSO investigation, a computer check on Grainger’s criminal history revealed “multiple arrests/convictions for Indecent Exposure dating back to the early 1970s,” according to charging documents.
Court records indicate that a store surveillance camera videotaped the incident inside the Walmart, where, according to the footage, Grainger allegedly approached a 27-year-old woman and her child near the Granny Smith apple display in the produce section, exposed himself to them and then left the store.
The woman positively identified Grainger as the suspect, after CCSO Sgt. Michael Kalinsky, lead investigator, detained him, court records show.
Surveillance video also shows Grainger inside the public library on Mauldin Avenue, where he allegedly exposed himself to three female employees, ages 25, 27 and 37, shortly before 4 p.m. on July 12, according to charging documents.
On social media early last week, people complained about an unknown man who allegedly exposed himself at the Northeast Plaza. One of those posts included a photo that someone had taken of the man in question.
CCSO officials reported that Grainger turned himself in at the Westminster Police Department on Thursday afternoon. CCSO had been investigating — and continues to investigate — what officials described as “multiple cases of indecent exposure,” according to police.
Free on a $3,500 bond that he posted shortly after his arrest, Grainger is charged with four counts of indecent exposure, which is a misdemeanor that is punishable by up to three years in prison and a $1,000 fine, according to Cecil County District Court records. Those charges relate to the purported incidents of indecent exposure that occurred near North East on July 12. Grainger’s trial is set for Sept. 8, court records show.
CCSO officials also reported that Grainger allegedly exposed himself at the Weis Market in Havre de Grace early afternoon on July 12, before the incidents that purportedly occurred near North East.
“The Cecil County Sheriff’s Office is currently working with other law enforcement agencies on other possible instances involving Grainger,” a CCSO spokesperson said.
CCSO officials are asking anyone who may have additional information about the indecent exposure incidents near North East on Monday or may have come into contact with Grainger on Monday “either at the Cecil County Public Library or in the North East Plaza” to please contact Sgt. Michael Kalinsky, lead investigator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message on his cell at 443-309-0262. People also can privately message the agency’s Facebook page.
Kalinsky started his investigation at approximately 5:15 p.m. on July 12, when he responded to the Northeast Plaza after dispatchers had received multiple reports of a man exposing himself to “patrons in the stores in the plaza,” police reported.
The sergeant located the suspect in the parking lot of a nearby Sunoco gas station, several moments later, and detained him on a grassy patch near the lot, police said. Kalinsky found the suspect, after someone had called dispatchers and reported seeing the man in question walking away from the Northeast Plaza toward that business, police added.
Grainger told Kalinsky, “I’m sorry, I have a problem,” and then repeatedly apologized, without specifying his reason for contrition, court records allege.
“The sergeant then asked Grainger if he meant he was sorry for showing people his penis, to which he said yes,” according to charging documents.
Kalinsky requested paramedics because Grainger was showing signs of a medical issue, possibly a heart-related one, and an ambulance crew responded and transported the suspect to an area hospital, police said. While Kalinsky and Grainger were waiting for the ambulance, police added, the woman who had complained that a man exposed himself to her and her child inside the Walmart earlier that afternoon arrived there.
The woman identified Grainger as the suspect, police reported.
Because of the suspect’s apparent medical condition, Kalinsky told the woman that Grainger would be charged the next day, court records show.
On July 13, the next day, Kalinsky received a phone call from management at the Cecil County Public Library on Mauldin Avenue in North East and learned that a man allegedly had exposed himself to three female employees a day earlier, court records show.
All three employees later told Kalinsky that, on the night of July 12, they saw a photo of a purported indecent exposure suspect on social media and that the man in the picture — later identified as Grainger — “matched exactly” the man who allegedly exposed himself to them shortly before 4 p.m. on July 12, court records allege.
Those library employees provided Kalinksy details of how Grainger allegedly exposed himself to them, police reported.
In one account, Grainger approached a librarian in the first-floor reference section and engaged her in a conversation about “favorite authors,” according to court records. During the conversation, Grainger allegedly dropped a hand towel onto the floor, court records show. When the librarian reached down to retrieve the towel for Grainger, she noticed him exposing himself to her, court records allege.