Handy Henry Wood Busted For Indecent Exposure

06/23/2011 02:17 pm ET | Updated Aug 23, 2011
  • David Lohr Senior Crime Reporter, The Huffington Post

ERIE, Pa. -- Police in Pennsylvania are investigating three separate incidents of indecent exposure involving a 35-year-old man named Handy Henry Wood who allegedly exposed himself to two women.

Wood, a resident of Duncannon, a small community located about 20 miles northwest of Harrisburg, has been charged with two counts of indecent exposure and two counts of open lewdness. Additional charges may be forthcoming, police said.

"He admitted [the ones in our jurisdiction]," Lt. Gary Seefeldt of the Lower Paxton Township Police told The Huffington Post.

Asked if Wood offered an explanation for his alleged actions, Seefeldt replied, "They never tell you why. I don't know that they can explain it. It is an urge that should be going elsewhere, but that is how they are expressing it."

According to police, the first incident occurred in Howe Township on May 17 when Wood allegedly exposed himself to a female clerk who was working the drive-through window at a McDonald's restaurant.

The following week, Wood allegedly struck again and exposed himself to a woman in the parking lot of a Perry County plaza, police said.

The next incident occurred on June 7 when Wood allegedly exposed himself a third time to a woman at a local shopping center. The victim told police Wood pulled up in a gray Dodge minivan with his pants around his knees, looked at her and nodded.


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"'Serial flasher' is what they used to call [it] when they wore raincoats," Seefeldt explained. "Nobody calls them that anymore."

The officer added, "Nobody flashes once. Whatever screw is loose in their head, they do it over and over. ... I don't get it and hopefully never will."

The connection between Wood's name and his alleged crimes goes without saying, but it is interesting to note that he’s not the first whose name was related to his illegal activity. In 2007, police in Cincinnati, Ohio, arrested 90-year-old Leonard G. Dickman for public indecency at a local park.

According to police, Dickman was caught exposing his private parts by raising the leg of his shorts. Dickman later pleaded guilty to public indecency and received six months of probation. The sentencing judge also barred him from all parks in the county, Cincinnati's FOX19 News reported.

"We don't make this shit up," Seefeldt said regarding the name of his department's alleged serial flasher.

It's all in a name, right?