• John McGary, Woodford Sun Staff

Man charged with exposing himself at library

David Ray Bowden faces a felony count of first-degree indecent exposure after allegedly exposing himself in the children's section of Woodford County Library's main branch on North Main Street on Thursday, Sept. 14. A picture of the Versailles man was widely circulated on social media that day, but Lt. Michael Fortney of the Versailles Police Department (VPD) said that's not what led to his arrest. "We received the complaint on (Sept.) 14th of a gentleman possibly exposing himself at the Woodford County Library. We responded, and through the investigation we were able to figure out the suspect ..." Fortney said. The complaint was made by a library patron, who said Bowden was in the young adult section on the second floor at 4 p.m. when he began touching his penis, which was visible because he was wearing short pants. Another person who was instructing a special needs student there recorded the incident on video. Bowden left the library shortly afterwards, but according to the complaint, left his phone there, which led to his identification. A warrant was issued the following day and that night, Bowden, 51, was arrested and taken to the Woodford County Detention Center, where he was held on $5,000 full cash bail before bonding out Saturday. "Officers and detectives did a really good job with investigating and following up leads, and it kind of went from there," Fortney said. Woodford County Attorney Alan George said Bowden pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent exposure in Hardin County in 2010 and another last year in Woodford County. Because the most recent conviction was in the last three years, state law makes the Sept. 14 incident a class D felony charge, which carries a sentence of one to five years in jail and up to a $10,000 fine. "Given that he was in a public library, and with his past history, defendant either knew or should have known that his conduct was likely to cause affront or alarm to any library patrons ..." the complaint read. Fortney said the incident was "something that we took very seriously and jumped on it really fast."

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