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Display of public lewdness puts Lansingburgh on high alert

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Police and Lansingburgh School District officials say they are keeping an eye out for an unwelcome man who beckoned some students over to his car during dismissal time. YNN's Erin Vannella reports.

LANSINGBURGH, N.Y. -- "She had said that a car was in an alleyway, and that the person in the car had called her over," said Lansingburgh CSD Superintendent Dr. Cynthia DeDominick.

Police said he's a man in his thirties was on or near school property for the wrong reason, according to several accounts by Lansingburgh High School students.

"We don't have control over it, and it's frustrating because we certainly want all of our kids to feel safe and secure in school," said DeDominick.

On each of five separate instances dating back to December 5, police say the suspect would stay in his car and touch himself inappropriately when the female students approached. However, there was no attempted abduction.

"Our detectives are pulling out all the stops on this case. That's no secret now. We've blanketed the area. We want the suspect to know he will be located. Some would say by putting out the alert you're letting the bad guy know you're on to him. Our goal is to stop the conduct, to stop it immediately," said Troy Police Captain John Cooney.

The school district has posted an alert on its website, sent letters home, delivered automated voicemails to parents, and asked coaches to keep an eye out after school. However, student behavior is the most important.

"We need [our students] to be aware to always be vigilant and to not go over to a car if someone calls them over and to walk in groups and to be safe," said DeDominick.

Police say without cooperation from the students, solving this case would not be possible.

"Once the first disclosure was made, we saw that other students came forward, other students that may have been somewhat reluctant to disclose based on the fact that they felt that they were the only ones. It has given us a lot to work with on this case," said Captain Cooney.

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