On 19 June 2017 at 1216 hrs. Mounted Off. Scott McDonald received a text message from the manager of Long's Park. The message contained information that an unknown W/M had exposed himself to a park patron inside the men's restroom beside Pavilion #1. A description of the offender and a vehicle was provided. Off. McDonlad was off-duty and at his residence when he received the information and was not able to act on it in an effective manner. The information that had been provided was kept by Off. McDonald.
On 27 June 2017 at 0821 hrs. the Long's Park manager notified Off. McDonald that the same suspect from 19 June 2017 was back at Long's Park and was following men into the restroom.
Off. McDonald and Off. Lukacs acted on the information provided. Off. McDonald was dressed in full Mounted Police uniform. Off. Lukacs was dressed in plain clothes.The Officers observed the suspect that had been described seated inside Pavilion #1.
Off. Lukacs walked into the men's restroom followed shortly thereafter by the suspect, later identified as John Edward Pacewicz. Once inside the restroom, Pacewicz exposed his anus to Off. Lukacs and then Pacewicz began to openly masturbate in the common area of the restroom. This incident was also obsereved by a civilian witness that entered the restroom.
Pacewicz was placed under arrest for Open Lewdness (M3). He was transported to the Lancaster Bureau of Police station where he was processed and released with a summons to be sent.
The Long's Park staff and Lancaster Bureau of Police want to assure the public that all are working to keep Long's Park a family friendly destination. The type of behavior exhibited by Pacewicz will not be tolerated. Anyone that witnesses any type of suspicious or lewd behavior at any City Park or public location is asked to contact Police at 717-664-1180 (911 for emergencies). Officers from Lancaster Bureau of Police will continue to conduct random details at public parks in Lancaster City as well as respond to and investigate incidents that are referred to us by the public.
All persons accused of a crime are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in court.