LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 9, 2013) ― A University of Kentucky Police investigation has led to the arrest of a man in connection with multiple indecent exposure incidents that have been reported over the last month on UK's campus.
Police say they received assistance from the victims of the crimes.
Vijay Kumar Matta, 34, of Frankfort, was arrested on Wednesday by Frankfort Police on a warrant issued in Fayette County. Matta has been charged with one count of indecent exposure. Police say is on probation for a similar crime in Monroe, Ohio.
Public Safety Notices were issued to UK's campus community April 5, 7, and 19, following the report of indecent exposure incidents involving a man matching Matta's description. Police say in most of the cases the man was driving a car matching the description of his gray Honda Accord and asking female students for directions, at which time he exposed himself when the victims approached his car.
UK Police Chief Joe Monroe says one of his officers spotted a gray Honda Accord not using traffic signals when making turns in the Columbia Avenue area May 1. That officer questioned the driver, Matta, who matched the description given by victims in the indecent exposure reports. After further investigation and discussion with the victims, UK Police conducted a photo line-up, and a victim positively identified Matta. An arrest warrant was issued Tuesday, May 7 and Matta was arrested May 8.
"Any time you have any type of incident like this, especially with indecent exposure, it could escalate to more serious crime," Monroe said. "They's why we take these so seriously."