WICHITA, Kansas — Wichita police say a 39-year-old man was arrested for lewd and lascivious behavior Wednesday night after fondling himself at a swimming pool in front of children.
It happened around 8:30 p.m. at the downtown YMCA located at 402 North Market.
Parents of several children reached out to staff at the Y and then contacted police about the incident.
“Someone was exposing themselves and doing some inappropriate things in front of children,” said Capt. Doug Nolte, with the Wichita Police Department.
According to arrest sheets, the man in question has been identified as Charles Douglas Miller.
KSN conducted a search and learned that Miller is registered as a sex offender in Kansas, as of May 30, 2014.
Miller was convicted of a misdemeanor in 2005 after molesting a 3-year-old girl in Santa Clara, California.
KSN went straight to representatives at the downtown YMCA to learn how a registered sex offender had access to a facility filled with children.
“We took action immediately and thanks to them [parents and staff], a bad situation was averted and everyone’s safety was maintained,” said Shelly Conrady, the Vice President of Marketing and Communications at the Greater Wichita YMCA.
Conrady tells KSN that all staff and volunteers undergo background checks, but members and non-members at the Y do not.
Staff are also reportedly trained on how to deal with similar incidents before they are hired.
“Don’t be afraid to report something to any Y staff because the better we can do that, the safer we keep everybody,” said Conrady. “Keeping kids safe is absolutely a top priority for us.”
“This is something we don’t want going on in our community,” added Nolte. “We have people that do inappropriate things. The most pressing matter is that parents need to make sure that they are keeping an eye on their children.”
According to Kansas statute, there is no sweeping legislation restricting where registered sex offenders can live, work, or go to school. Nor are there any laws restricting who a sex offender can be around. These restrictions are largely left up to a judge and decided on a case-by-case basis.
To read more about Kansas laws concerning registered sex offenders, click here.
Charles Douglas Miller KBI registry