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PD: Man banned from Hartford libraries after exposing himself in West Hartford library

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Anthony Lawrence. (West Hartford police photo) Anthony Lawrence. (West Hartford police photo)
WEST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A complaint from a 17-year-old girl led to the arrest of a man already banned from Hartford-area libraries.

Police said Anthony Lawrence hovered over the teen at the Noah Webster Library Tuesday just before 8:30 p.m.

The victim said she tried to ignore Lawrence despite the suspect continuing to bother her.

However, she reported that Lawrence eventually fully exposed his genitals to her while making lewd movements.

He then left the library.

"This is a very disturbing and  egregious event. The last thing we want is someone with that kind of activity in a library," said West Hartford Police Lt. Ted Stoneburner.

Police were called and said they quickly responded to the area.

The teen was interviewed and provided a detailed description of the suspect.

Lawrence was found at Farmington Avenue and Raymond Road.

The victim positively identified him as the man who exposed himself at the library, according to police.

According to court documents, "He explained that perhaps if the female in question had not dressed the way she did, she wouldn't be alarmed by a penis."

Library officials stressed that people should not be afraid to visit the library.

"This is a safe place to come," said Martha Church, West Hartford libraries director.

Lawrence was charged with public indecency and breach of peace.

Police said Lawrence had been banned from that library and others in the Hartford area. He was trespassing at the time.

They said he's been arrested 15 times in the last two years.

Police said he admitted to trespassing in most of the libraries in Hartford.

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