24-year-old flasher suspect appears in court

Man accused of lewd, lascivious acts in public

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Brian Spooner

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A 24-year-old man arrested on accusations he exposed himself to a woman and girls made his first appearance in court Thursday.

Brian Spooner, of Mayport, is charged with three counts of lewd or lascivious exhibition where the victim was 16 or younger, and one count of exposing sexual organs in public.

Police said the flashings happened Sept. 23, 2010, in the 700 block of Assisi Lane; Jan. 13 in the 1300 block of Kernan Boulevard; Sept. 23 in the San Pablo area; Oct. 13 in the Loretto/San Jose area; Oct. 20 in the Mayport area; and Tuesday in the 3600 block of Southside Boulevard.

The victims in the first five incidents were between the ages of 11 and 16. The sixth victim was a 20-year-old woman.

Police were interviewing victims who came forward.

Police said there was no pattern on how Spooner chose his victims. They said one girl was on her way to school and another was playing in the front yard with others. Police said Spooner would lure the girls to his car before exposing them.

"It's a good thing he's off the street because this could have gone to something else," Channel 4 crime analyst Ken Jefferson said.

Jefferson said Spooner's behavior may have never stopped. He points to the challenges police likely encountered trying to solve such a bizarre crime.

"It could have been very difficult to solve because there was no personal contract, just the information the victims are providing," Jefferson said. "There's no traceable evidence unless he leaves something behind."

Police were able to track down Spooner based on a tip and two composite sketches. Spooner was living in an inconspicuous place.

According to police, he lived on the base in Mayport but wasn't in the Navy. He worked for a private company and lived on a ship as a merchant seaman.

Spooner is being held in the Duval County Jail with bail set at $85,012.

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