PINELLAS PARK, Fla. — Pinellas Park Police arrested an 89-year-old registered sexually violent predator Sunday after he allegedly exposed himself and began to masturbate in view of three children, according to the agency.
Investigators responded on February 17 to reports of an elderly man exposing himself to children. They learned that Edward Boelsche, 89, called out to three children walking down a sidewalk. Once he had their attention, he exposed himself and began to masturbate.
The children immediately reported what they'd seen to an adult, who contacted law enforcement. The adult also reported witnessing Boelsche's public acts.
Officers identified Boelsche as a registered sexually violent predator and took him into custody without incident. He was charged with one count of lewd and lascivious exhibition.
The incident occurred at Boelsche's son's home, who he was visiting that day, according to police. Boelsche has multiple arrests and convictions for sexual violence against children dating back to 1986. He was on probation until April 28, 2017.