April 22, 2011 / 12:22 AM / 8 years ago

Arizona man arrested for flashing faux Lady Liberty

PHOENIX (Reuters) - A Phoenix man who allegedly exposed himself to a woman dressed as the Statue of Liberty on Tax Day has been arrested for indecent exposure, police said on Thursday.

Kevin Robert Theriault, 42, was booked on suspicion of three counts each of indecent exposure and public sexual indecency.

The woman, who was standing on a street corner, dressed as the iconic statue to promote a tax preparer, called police after a man had masturbated in front of her four times.

Officers developed information that identified Theriault, staked out his house and followed him to the tax location on Monday where he repeated the actions in a parking lot near a busy intersection.

He was quickly taken into custody.

“I’ve been a police officer for 14 years and it’s rare for someone to do that right out on a street corner,” Sgt. Steve Carbajal, a Tempe Police Department spokesman, told Reuters.

In his post-arrest interview, Theriault told detectives that he “just wanted to go home to do his taxes,” Carbajal said.

Reporting by David Schwartz; editing by Dan Whitcomb

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