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Florida man arrested after flashing child at local library.
Posted 5/13/16

UPDATE: The Winter Haven Police Department has arrested 22-year-old Adam Timothy Tharp after a tip was received following numerous media reports.

The tip was received from someone who claimed they worked with Tharp and that Tharp has been accused of similar acts in 2015. An additional tip came from a library worker who stated they had noticed Tharp lurking around the children's area before and had asked him to leave.

When in custody, Tharp said he likes to go to the children's section of the library and read "Goose Bumps" and look at children's books because he "identifies with children." He denied ever exposing himself.

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A disturbing story after police say a man exposes himself to a young girl inside of a Bay area library.

It all happened around 4 p.m. Tuesday in the children’s area of the Winter Haven Library.

Police are calling the suspect a danger to the area.
He is endangering children in places they feel safe at,” says the victim’s mom.

She says her trip to the Winter Haven Library turned horrific for her 7-year-old daughter.

“I just want to take my kids to my library to better them in school and that had to happen,” says victim’s mom.

Police say the young girl was sitting at a table in the children’s area of the library when her mom got up from the table and the little girl noticed a man in between the aisles exposing himself.

The victim’s mom looked at surveillance video that shows the suspect canvassing the area for quite a while.

“I said did you see his underwear or did you actually see his private parts, ‘She said I saw everything,” says victim’s mom.

“It’s a sick, twisted person that does this,” says Jamie Brown with the Winter Haven Police Department.

Winter Haven police say the girl did the right thing by telling her mom. But the man was still able to get away.

“We tell parents to warn kids about this type of activity,” says Brown.

That’s why this mom hopes someone will recognize him before he does the same thing to somebody else.

“He definitely needs help what he did needs consequences,” says victim’s mom.

She says that her daughter has gone to counseling offered by the police department and hopes all parents trust their kids when they are told something like this.

Police say the library is looking at more security measures like possibly moving or adding more surveillance cameras.

Anyone with any information is asked to call police detective Rod Esteve at 863-401-2256. Callers can also contact Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Callers can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a CASH reward of up to $3,000.



There video footage but all I see is he doing something and the girl running. That it. http://www.wtsp.com/news/local/polkcounty/search-on-for-winter-haven-library-flasher/186994726
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Why Florida man...why..leave the little girls alone...
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Just ew.
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It seems interesting that the video clip doesn't appear to support the accusation.
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I Identify as an Attack Helicopter!

and now I meet my pink helicopter!

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I guess he was eyeing the child, because he was....checking him out.
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Florida Man strikes again!
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All that heat gets you funny
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FruitPunchSamurai987 wrote:

Florida Man strikes again!


He is everywhere in florida at once!
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I hate florida... pls get me out of here
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SylveonLuna wrote:
He is everywhere in florida at once!
He is Florida!

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Florida seems like such a scary place...
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Yume_Mirai wrote:

Florida seems like such a scary place...


i love how your comment and avatar matches perfectly... :p
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Wow that's really foul.
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