A Duarte School teacher has been arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure for allegedly exposing and touching himself on the balcony of his Glendora apartment earlier this month, officials said
Steven Wilcoxon, 58, was arrested Tuesday afternoon after turning himself in at the Glendora Police Department, Glendora police Lt. Brian Summers said.
He was booked on suspicion of a misdemeanor count of indecent exposure and being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, authorities said.
He is a teacher at Northview Intermediate School in Duarte, which is part of the Duarte Unified School district, the lieutenant said.
The warrant was obtained following two weeks of investigation after witnesses at a business across the street from Wilcoxon’s apartment in the 600 block of W. Route 66 in Glendora called police shortly after 11:20 a.m. Nov. 12 to report the alleged indecency, officials said.
Summers said witnesses reported seeing Wilcoxon walking nude on his third floor balcony, and sitting in the threshold of his balcony while mastubating in public view. One of the witnesses took a cell phone image.
Upon responding to the indecent exposure call, “Officers attempted to make contact with the suspect at his apartment, however, he could not be located at the time,” police said in a written statement.
Through a photographic line-up, three witnesses identified Wilcoxon as the man they saw exposing himself on the balcony.
Wilcoxon cooperated with detectives as the investigation continued in the following days, Summers said.
“Searching his apartment, detectives located evidence that corroborated a photograph that was taken by one of the witnesses with a cell phone camera at the time of the incident,” according to the police statement.
After detectives presented their evidence to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, an arrest warrant was issued for Wilcoxon Tuesday, Summers said. He promply turned himself in.
Police found no similar allegations leveled against Wilcoxon in the past.
“There’s absolutely zero indication hes been accused of any sex crimes,” Summers said.
He identified himself to police as an 8th grade science teacher at Northview Intermediate School, Summers said.
DUSD Assistant Superintendent of Personnel and Student Service Miriam Fox said Wilcoxon was not expected to be back in a classroom in the immediate future.
Since his arrest, “We’ve had no contact with him,” she said. “Based on his arrest and charges, this would be a compulsory leave situation.”
Fox emphasized that the alleged incident did not involve children or the school.
“We are always concerned about the well-being of our schools, our students,” she added.
The arrest occurred during closing arguments in the trial of another Duarte Unified School District Teacher accused of molesting five students over 15 years.
Beardslee Elementary School teacher Wade Bughman, 43, of Monrovia, is charged with nine counts of child molestation steming from the alleged abuse of students between ages 7 and 12.
PHOTO of Steven Wilcoxon courtesy of the Glendora Police Department