Hamden police have arrested a man accused of exposing himself to people on a trail in town.
It happened just after 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, on the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail in Hamden.
“We were notified by folks on the canal trail that there was a man exposing himself on the trail in a section near the Hamden Hills Housing Complex," said Hamden Police Chief Thomas Wydra.
Police said there were plenty of people out on the trail when the man was exposing himself near a park bench.
“We know that there were kids that were exposed to this, they were with parents and adults," Wydra said, adding that officers found him in the act.
He was identified as Francis Keen, who is a registered sex offender.
Keen was arrested and charged with public indecency, breach of peace, and risk of injury to a minor.
He has been arrested in the past for assault and exposing himself.
He was convicted of risk of injury in 1998. In that case he had hands down his pants in front of a 14-year-old and 15-year-old in a public area.
In 2010, he was arrested by West Haven police and convicted of risk of injury again after he approached some boys while touching himself and making sexual comments.
Police said they have officers on bike patrols along the trail, but will now be increasing presence.
“What we will do is increase our bicycle patrols on the canal trail over the coming days and weeks, ramp it up even more than what we already have. We’ll have officers out there during the evening hours as well," Wydra said.
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