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Glen Burnie Man Charged in Series of Indecent Exposure Cases

Robert James Hess has been charged with sexual abuse and indecent exposure related to five incidents in Anne Arundel County.

Robert James Hess has been charged with sexual abuse and indecent exposure related to five incidents in the county. Credit: Anne Arundel County Police Department
Robert James Hess has been charged with sexual abuse and indecent exposure related to five incidents in the county. Credit: Anne Arundel County Police Department
A Glen Burnie man has been charged in five reported cases of indecent exposure, including one case where a woman was groped, says the Anne Arundel County Police Department.

Pictures of the suspect captured by surveillance video were distributed Feb. 19 to the media and displayed on social media. Within hours, a tipster who saw the images on Facebook called to identify a suspect.
 
Investigators identified the suspect and linked him to the cases. Additional 
evidence was also recovered.

While authorities first thought there could be two suspects, investigators now believe this suspect was responsible for all of the indecent exposure incidents.

Robert James Hess, 39, of the 1500 block of Ingalls Road in Glen Burnie was charged Thursday with fourth-degree sex offense, indecent exposure and disorderly conduct.

Anyone with additional information or any additional victims are urged to contact Northern District Detectives at 410-222-6018.

Our Earlier Story:

Authorities are investigating at least five case of indecent exposure in Anne Arundel County this month, including one case where a woman was groped by a suspect.

A news release from the Anne Arundel County Police says that in each case the suspect exposed himself to women. Based on victims’ descriptions in the incidents, detectives say there may be two suspects involved.

Two of the victims were Anne Arundel Community College students in Glen Burnie, and authorities are asking that any other victims contact them.

The first case reported happened on Feb. 4. at 7446 B&A Blvd. when a suspect exposed himself in a lewd manner to the clerk at an area business, police said.

Two incidents were reported on Feb. 10. First, a suspect exposed to an Anne Arundel Community College student but investigators are still attempting to identify the victim in this case. Police received a call stating that the lewd act occurred. When they arrived, the victim was gone.

Later that evening a suspect grabbed a woman’s buttocks and then fled on foot from the Michael's Crafts Store at 16 Mountain Road.

Next, the suspect exposed himself to an Anne Arundel Community College student leaving the Glen Burnie Campus near B&A Blvd. on Feb. 12.

The most recent incident occurred at noon on Feb. 15 when the suspect exposed himself to a store customer at the Five and Below Store located at 6714 Ritchie Hwy. in Glen Burnie.

Officers have increased patrols in the area and are asking anyone who recognizes either of the men in the attached photographs to call Anne Arundel County Police at 410-222-6135. In addition, if anyone was a victim and has not reported it, they are asked to call police.

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