Child endangerment charges added against alleged flasher
ROTTERDAM More charges have been filed against a Rotterdam resident who allegedly flashed his newspaper carrier.
At first, the young Daily Gazette carrier thought the naked man standing in plain view was an accident — that he didn’t realize she could see him through the illuminated window of his Cape Cod-style home.
But as the weeks went by, the 13-year-old girl started to realize there was nothing accidental about the nudity. She’d arrive at the Rotterdam home and see the lights turn on and the blinds go up, revealing the fully naked man.
“Initially, the victim just thought he was unaware,” said Rotterdam Police Lt. Michael Brown. “But as it happened several more times, she started to realize it wasn’t on accident.
“He was obviously receiving some form of sexual gratification from this.”
Police identified George Hughes, 63, of Paul Avenue as the alleged flasher.
Police responded to the complaint by staking out Hughes’ home, essentially waiting for the carrier to deliver the paper. Police caught him in the act on Jan. 18 and charged him with one misdemeanor count of public lewdness.
He subsequently was charged with two counts of public lewdness and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Both charges stem from him exposing himself to the girl Jan. 7 and 10, police said.
Hughes was suspended from the South Schenectady Fire Department pending the results of the investigation. He is scheduled to appear in Rotterdam Town Court at a later date.
The mother of the newspaper carrier said she would drive her daughter and her 11-year-old son to the neighborhood each morning to deliver the papers on a route their older sibling had worked the year prior. She said they started helping her with the route in December and the daughter very quickly noticed the naked man’s antics weren’t an innocent mistake.
“It got to the point where it was like clockwork,” said the woman, whose name is being withheld by The Gazette. “As soon as he saw my car in front of his house, he’d open the curtains and be standing there.”
The woman said the man even seemed to realize that her daughter and son would alternate days when they would deliver to his home, and would appear in the window only on the days when he expected the girl. She said the unmistakably vulgar behavior left her with no choice but to alert authorities.
“It got to the point where I needed to do something about it,” she said.