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Police sting nabs senior citizens masturbating in Henrico park

Posted at 5:51 PM, Mar 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-18 07:33:48-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Three men have been arrested and charged with misdemeanor indecent exposure and obscene sexual display at public park in Henrico County. Roger Page Whitlow, 71, Rudolph Sherwood Taggart, 84 and James Allan Shelton, 70, were all charged with the same crimes.

Investigators said their arrests are part of an investigation launched after police received complaints about inappropriate activity at Vawter Street Park, just east of Richmond International Raceway, in Henrico. The park is remote and almost isolated, down a dead end road.

Police said the crimes stretch all the way back to September and the inappropriate activity was often confined to the woods, not open spaces, visible from the parking lot.

"It’s been an older crowd, I think the youngest has been 55 and the oldest is in their 80s," said Lt. Chris Eley, with Henrico County Police.

Henrico County Parks and Recreation said they appreciate and welcome the community policing of the parks and that people need to understand the arrests are not reflective of the parks and that the parks are designed to be family-friendly.