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UPDATE: Pervert Alert – Far Too Close to Tosa Pool

Suspect's unsavory actions near children's mecca warrant concern and vigilance.

Updated at 3:10 p.m. Tuesday: A man matching this suspect's description  has been seen by others lurking near the pool and watching kids through the fence on a number of occasions (see below).

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It would be far too easy to make light of this "man with a limp," but for that he was engaging in lewd and lascivious behavior just a few yards from and any number of children during the height of public swimming hours.

A Wauwatosa couple reported that while they were walking through Hoyt Park near the pool at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday, they encountered a man masturbating just beyond the west end of the Menomonee River footbridge.

They said that when they first noticed the man, they both clearly saw that he was exposing and holding his penis outside his shorts, and they thought he had urinated and was "shaking himself." He did not see them, though, and they said that after he continued to vigorously shake himself up and down for more than a minute, they realized what he was doing and decided to call .

When he did notice them, he quickly walked away around the back of the Tosa Pool complex, looking furtively over his shoulder at them as they followed, to the parking lot, where he left hurriedly in a red sedan.

The couple did not get a make or model or the license number and police could not locate him.

The witnesses described the suspect as a white man, 60 to 65 years old, 6 feet tall, weighing 200 to 215 pounds, with short white hair, wearing shorts and walking with a distinct limp.

UPDATE: Alert reader Laura Mierow contacted Wauwatosa Patch on Facebook to say that her daughters have complained to her about an older white-haired man who "creeped them out at the pool, and from their description it sounds like the same guy."

"This man has a limp and either a dark green or navy blue cruiser-type bike with hand brakes and often wears 'aviator' type glasses when he is hanging outside the pool fence observing the people in the pool and the diving area," Mierow wrote.

From her account, it appears that the initial report may not have represented an isolated incident, and others may have noticed this suspect's behavior as well.

Anyone else with reliable information about this man should call the 414-471-8430, or Wauwatosa Crime Stoppers, 414-771-8672.

Barbara Haig August 14, 2012 at 12:19 PM
I find your use of the word "gimpy" most objectionable. It is defined as someone who is disabled or walks with a limp. This person may indeed be "unsavory," but to connect someone's character with a physical disability is wrong.
Jim Price August 14, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Barbara, the use of the word "character" here was meant simply as "a person," and was intended exactly as you describe, i.e., "a person (a character) with a limp." There was no intention to imply that this man's or anyone's disability contributes to having an unsavory character. However, if you read it that way, others might, too, so I have recast the phrase.
Alfred August 14, 2012 at 09:04 PM
WHy are you sticking up for this pervert Barbara Haig? Who cares if we call him gimpy, cripple, whatever, he is a sick SOB and if I see a gimpy cripple playing with himself near Hoyt Park, God help him because it won't be pretty.
Michael August 14, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Ditto.
Jim Price August 15, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Whoa, now, boys. I don't think for a second that Barbara was "sticking up" for this freak. She took issue with what she saw as a connection of the man's infirmity with his poor character, which I tried to assure her I did not intend. There is nothing I read in her remarks that defends this person's actions. She was just defending the rights of disabled people in general not to be labeled as dysfunctional members of society, which they assuredly are not.
Barbara Haig August 15, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Exactly, Jim.
Michael August 16, 2012 at 08:28 PM
You see Jim, that's why I cut meat for a living. As a journalist, no matter how careful you write your story you're always going to offend somebody it seems. In my line of work big chunks of meat don't ever get offended. That's why I applaud you sir, on a job well done!

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