Deputies: Men exposed selves at preserve

Published On: Jan 11 2013 12:45:25 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 11 2013 12:47:54 PM EST

Flagler County Sheriff's Office booking photos of Leslie Colombo and Charles Bitzer


Flagler County deputies arrested two Palm Coast men on separate charges of indecent exposure Thursday afternoon following an undercover operation at Graham Swamp Preserve in Palm Coast.

The Sheriff's Safe Neighborhood Unit put deputies on the preservation area's walking trails at 1125 Old Kings Road North.

In the two incidents, the men approached undercover deputies and initiated conversation before exposing themselves, investigators said.

Leslie Colombo, 70, was arrested just after 1 p.m. after he began a conversation with the deputy and then exposed himself, asking the deputy to walk back to the parking lot with him, investigators said. Once at the parking lot, Colombo again exposed himself and asked the deputy to leave with him for sexual activities elsewhere, investigators said. At that time, he was taken into custody.

Charles Bitzer Jr., 68, was arrested at 1:10 p.m. when he exposed himself and began masturbating in front of another undercover deputy following a brief conversation that took place on the trail, investigators said.

"This was an excellent operation by the Safe Neighborhood Unit. These operations will continue at Graham Swamp as long as there is a need," said Flagler County Sheriff James Manfre. "Our goal is to create a safe environment for visitors to the preserve."


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