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Man pleads guilty to flashing teen girls

Victims were headed to or from school

EASTON, Pa. - An Allentown man has pleaded guilty to exposing himself to teenage girls walking to and from school in Bethlehem on three separate occasions.

Patrick Martin pleaded guilty last week to three counts of open lewdness and a single count of indecent exposure in connection to the incidents in December 2018 and January 2019. In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to withdraw three other counts of indecent exposure.

The 34-year-old is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 15. Judge Anthony Beltrami has ordered a pre-sentencing investigation and a psycho-sexual evaluation. Martin remains in Northampton County Prison unable to post $50,000 bail.

Police said the first incident occurred in December 2018, when Martin allegedly approached a 13-year-old in the 1200 block of Spring Street as she walked home from school, according to court records. He reportedly asked her a question before exposing himself. The girl ran away, but the incident and a suspect were caught on private security video, according to records.

On Jan. 8, police received a report of a man exposing himself to three girls walking to Northeast Middle School. A 13-year-old and 14-year-old told police they were on East Locust Street near Wood Street, when a man called out to them. He allegedly said, "Look, look at this" and was exposing himself.

A responding police officer took photos of the alleged flasher's footprints in a light covering of snow.

Another 13-year-old girl told police that she was walking to the middle school in the area of Turner and Wood streets on the same day, when she was approached by a man leaning against a car and asking her for the time. As she passed by, he allegedly exposed himself.

On Jan. 9, Bethlehem police patrolling around Northeast Middle School spotted a car driving suspiciously around the school. Police stopped the car that was being driven by Martin.

He told police that he was en route from the Gold's Gym in Whitehall Township to his house in the 2400 block of West Union Boulevard when he was stopped. He also told police that he wasn't in Bethlehem at all the previous day.

Investigators said Martin wasn't at the gym that morning, and that an officer spotted his car about 8 a.m. the previous morning in the vicinity of the middle school. He was also reportedly wearing sneakers with the same distinctive tread pattern photographed by police.

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