JCPS teacher among 6 charged for sexual encounters in parks
CLARKSVILLE, IN (WAVE) – A public school teacher is among those arrested for sexual encounters in local parks. Indiana Department of Natural Resources officers made the arrests July 9 & 12 at Falls of the Ohio State Park and Clark State Forest.
"I live here and I frequent the park all the time, walk the dogs in the mornings and the evenings, and I've never had any problems," said Brian Fraley Wednesday morning.
Fraley may not have seen anything wrong, but enough people saw enough that made them uncomfortable at the two parks to contact natural resource officers.
"Families, children, people that were seeing these events and they contacted us directly," said Officer Jim Schreck of Indiana DNR.
Schreck said the complaints involved men briefly meeting other men then exposing themselves.
"This is something we have dealt with before," said Schreck. "Generally you may not see it occurring. Sometimes these encounters occur in the parking lot or in obscure areas of the park."
In two stings, conservation officers arrested six men. All of them, including Carlos Berrios, are charged with public indecency.
The Jefferson County Public Schools has confirmed to WAVE 3 News that Berrios is a teacher employed by the school system. He was assigned to Home of the Innocents. That group's CEO said Berrios was an early childhood education teacher, accompanied at all times by other adults in the classroom of medically-fragile children he taught.
Berrios won't be allowed back, Home of the Innocents officials said, unless his legal charges are cleared up. The Home of the Innocents CEO cautioned that these are just allegations and the organization is being careful not to jump to conclusions. JCPS said any arrest that's sexual in nature, even if it doesn't involve children, would put a teacher in a non-instructional position.
Schreck said all six arrests in the Indiana parks should send a message.
"Whatever you do on your own time is up to you, but we have people from all walks of life coming here - from children to adults - whether they're fishing, hiking, nature watching, and that's the last thing that people want to see here is some type of male or female exposing themselves," said Schreck. "So our message is if you're going to do that, don't come to our state parks."
Indiana DNR says it's continuing to patrol parks to make sure illegal behavior doesn't get in the way of families using them.
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