Suspected flasher arrested after investigation

Published on Wed, Feb 13, 2013
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A man charged with eight counts of indecent exposure was arrested by Blaine police on February 6, following an investigation that began in late November. 

The 24-year-old suspect, Daniel Sergeevich Kovalenko, was arrested at his home in the 600 block of D Street at about 4 p.m. and booked into Whatcom County Jail.

The Blaine police department handled the investigation that led to the arrest, with support from the Blaine city prosecutor’s office. According to Blaine police chief Mike Haslip, business operators and employees assisted in the investigation by reviewing hours of security video images from their properties.

The police department had received five reports over the past two months regarding a man exposing himself to adult women in public locations and masturbating in public view. Most of the cases stated that the victims saw the man wearing a hooded sweatshirt and masturbating in a white car. 

In each incident, the suspect appeared to be directing his behavior to the attention of one victim. In one instance the suspect walked into the customer area of an open business during a period when there was one female employee visible in the room. 

The suspect did not speak or attempt to come closer to any of the victims in the reported incidents.

Police took the defendant into custody without mishap, and executed search warrants for the suspect’s home and two vehicles. The prosecutor’s office is handling all eight instances as felony crimes of indecent exposure.

According to Washington RCW 9a.88.010(2)(c), the first offense of indecent exposure is treated as a misdemeanor crime. Once convicted of that misdemeanor, any subsequent offenses of the same nature are considered to be Class C Felonies.

“We have been advised that the defendant entered a guilty plea in Whatcom County district court to a misdemeanor charge of indecent exposure, for an offense which occurred on the WWU campus on May 11, 2011,” Haslip said.

As of 5 p.m. February 12, the defendant was in jail, with bail set at $250,000. His next court appearance is tentatively scheduled for Friday, February 15.