NYPD detective arrested for masturbating while looking through child’s window
Detective Robert Francis, 46, was suspended without pay after being found standing outside a young girl’s window masturbating. He was arrested for public lewdness and endangering the welfare of a child.
The detective has been connected with several similar incidents in which young girls were targeted in the Rockville Centre area of Long Island, New York.
Police sources told New York’s Pix 11 news that Francis drew attention to himself by shining a flashlight into the window of homes and, once the occupants had noticed, he illuminated his genitals before running off.
“It’s very sad that this man thought it was appropriate to do something so disgusting,” local resident Diane Hayes told WABC-TV, adding “I’m just upset. How dare he come in here thinking he could do this kind of stuff?”
All of the alleged incidents in Rockville occurred between February 5 and March 24. Three of the victims were under 16, while the fourth is understood to be 17. Authorities say Francis admitted committing similar acts in other areas of New York in the past year.
Police say Francis told them he’s going through a difficult time, though his motivation remains unclear. “He did say he had a lot going on in his life; he did show remorse,” Rockville Centre Police Commissioner Chuck Gennario said.
Investigators say Francis, who has been with the NYPD for 17 years, is married and has children. He is due in court on April 17 to face misdemeanor charges over the four incidents in Rockville.