UPDATE: Man arrested for lewd conduct outside Chief Sealth High School

Update for Oct. 29
The 34-year-old man accused of allegedly touching himself inappropriately while parked outside Chief Sealth International High School on Oct. 25 was originally facing charges at Seattle Municipal Court, but Kirotv.com first reported his case is being referred to the King County Prosecutor's Office where he could be charged with misdemeanor indecent exposure.

A KCPO spokesperson told the Herald their office received the case file this afternoon, but no charging decision has been made. She added there is no charging deadline as the suspect is not waiting in jail.

Police have not announced any connections between this incident and others over the past several weeks outside West Seattle elementary schools.

The suspect in this case is out on bail.

Original post on Oct. 25
Seattle police have arrested a 34-year-old man for allegedly masturbating inside his vehicle while parked outside Chief Sealth International High School on the morning of Oct. 25.

Police are questioning the man and have not said whether he may be connected to several lewd incident reports at West Seattle schools over the past month, including two just this week.

Information from the Seattle Police Department

Southwest Precinct officers arrested a 34-year-old man for lewd conduct earlier this morning in the 2400 Block of SW Thistle Street.

At about 8:30 this morning, a 17-year-old female student was walking to school when she passed a dark blue mini van parked on the street. As she passed the van, she observed the suspect inside masturbating. The girl immediately ran to school and reported it to the principal’s office. Officers immediately responded and located the van and contacted the suspect. He was positively identified and arrested by officers. The suspect was transported to the Southwest Precinct where he is being interviewed by detectives. He will later be booked into the King County Jail. It is unknown at this time whether this man is connected with the previous incidents near other West Seattle schools.

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