Flasher removed from Tsalteshi Trails

Tsalteshi Trails Maintenance Manager Bill Holt had to manage more than his usual duties last week when he helped remove a man who had been indecently exposing himself to trail users.

Holt said he had been getting reports of trail users being flashed by someone, and that the Alaska State Troopers had been called a few times about it.

“We’ve been having a problem out there for a couple weeks,” Holt said.

Then, last week, he said he was doing some trail maintenance with an excavator when he saw a man come out of the woods onto a trail and, facing away from him, pull his pants down and back up before moving away.

Holt said he followed the man in the excavator for about a quarter mile in order to try talk to him, but the man was disoriented. In the end, Holt called the Alaska State Troopers, who tried to meet up with him but got turned around on the trail system, he said. Eventually troopers and Holt caught up with the man again, and he was returned to his legal guardian and banned from entering the Tsalteshi Trails system again, Holt said.

The man lives out of state, so troopers are confident the matter is resolved, said Lt. Dane Gilmore with the Soldotna post of the Alaska State Troopers in a phone message Friday.

Holt said he was glad with how well troopers handled the situation.

Reach Megan Pacer at megan.pacer@peninsulaclarion.com.

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