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Conviction For Inappropriate Sexual Behavior

Antietam National Battlefield

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Last spring, rangers began receiving complaints from visitors and maintenance staff regarding a suspicious person frequenting the observation tower parking area and nearby Bloody Lane. Rangers identified him and began monitoring his activities, but he was never seen violating any laws. During a welfare check on one occasion, the man told a ranger that he enjoyed the serenity of the battlefield. On July 6th, the man was again seen at the tower and a ranger in plainclothes responded. The ranger saw the man follow a woman into the tower and peer up her dress from below her on the stairs. He then followed the woman down the stairs. As he entered the parking area, he was contacted by uniformed rangers and interviewed. During the course of the investigation, he made incriminating statements concerning his behavior and was subsequently charged with disorderly conduct with a mandatory court appearance. On October 20th, he appeared in court and pled guilty. The U.S. magistrate judge sentenced him to a year of probation with the proviso that he undergo a mental health evaluation and not return to the park for the term of probation. He was also required to pay court costs.


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