A Bristol park is a place for families, but one parent said a man used Rockwell Park to satisfy his sexual urges on Sunday.
A Bristol police officer was seen at Rockwell Park on Monday, which will be a common sight after a man was allegedly performing a lewd act inside a port-o-potty at the park on Sunday.
A parent said their 4-year-old child opened the door to the port-o-potty, witnessing the act.
“It's something a 4-year-old should not be exposed to. It would be probably be startling to me as a parent,” said Kassie Hamilton, of Bristol.
Park-goers said they are disgusted by the allegations, especially since two port-o-potties are just yards away from the playground, and one of them has a broken lock on the door.
Hamilton said she knows which areas of the park to avoid when walking her dog.
“Bathrooms, anywhere near woods, it's unfortunate. It shouldn't be around children. It's just pretty nasty,” Hamilton said.
Police said they promise to have a visible presence at all parks after the reported incident, hoping parents won’t be scared off by the allegations.
“We just ask people to be vigilant. If they see anything that's suspicious, don't approach anyone...call us and we'll respond,” said Bristol Police Lt. Richard Guererra.
In this case, as far as an arrest, police said they need to talk to the person involved because there is some grey area in terms of what is considered public and private.
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