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Police seek more potential victims of Craigslist exposure suspect

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FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) -

Police arrested a man after he posed as a Craigslist buyer and allegedly exposed himself to a woman in a Florence parking lot.

Reginald Swopes Jr., 18 of Muscle Shoals, was arrested Wednesday morning after officers observed him exposing himself to a woman that he had contacted about a Craigslist ad.

According to police, Swopes sent the woman text messages about buying a dress for his sister but didn't seem interested in purchasing it.

"As the text messages continued to be exchanged about determining a location or a meeting place they became somewhat uncomfortable for the female that was involved," said Detective Brad Holmes of Florence Police.

The victim told her husband, a Florence police officer about the text messages and they agreed to let her meet with her potential buyer.

When the woman arrived with officers, Swopes allegedly exposed himself.

"He was actually unclothed from the waist down," Holmes said.  "The intent of the young man arrested is not to purchase the items but to inflict this type of self gratification upon them.  He did eventually exit his vehicle and was seen in public view without anything, no clothing on him.  It's a sad situation."

Swopes was arrested for a similar offense in March. He was taken into custody Wednesday without incident and charged with indecent exposure and public lewdness. Additional charges are pending in this case and in Colbert County.

He is currently being held in the Lauderdale County Detention Center.

Police encourage other potential victims to come forward by contacting their local law enforcement.

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