On October 1, 2014, shortly after 12:00 noon, an adult male committed Public Sexual Indecency in the chapel of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Roman Catholic Church, in the 2000 block of S. Rural Rd., Tempe, AZ.
An adult observed the suspect through an open door of the church, while walking through the parking lot. Other than the adult victim, no other individuals were present during the incident, and the suspect was unknown to the victim.
The adult victim who observed the suspect masturbating contacted the staff office; Tempe police were called and arrived quickly to search the church, grounds and surrounding area. The adjacent school grounds were searched as well, but the suspect was not located.
Although the suspect had no contact with children, school administrators sent an email shortly after the incident was reported to parents whose children attend the adjacent Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Roman Catholic School, to assure they were aware of the incident.
Suspect Description (see attached sketch)
- White male
- Brown or blond hair
- Clean shaven
- Wire rim, prescription-style glasses
- Appx 30-45 years old
- Appx 5’8” in height
- Medium build
- Blue tshirt with graphic design
- Dark shorts or pants
Tempe Police work closely with Tempe school administrators and staff on a consistent basis, so that communications protocols are in place prior to any potential incident, and to notify parents, caregivers and our community of crime alerts or suspicious activity.
Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to call police. Call 9-1-1 in emergency or to report a crime in progress. Tempe Police non-emergency can be reached at 480-350-8311.