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US Army officer arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure in Amberg

By MICHAEL S. DARNELL | STARS AND STRIPES Published: July 8, 2016

A U.S. Army captain suspected of exposing himself last month to two teenage girls was arrested in Amberg on Wednesday.

During the June 28 incident, a 30-year-old man exposed himself in an “exhibitionist manner” to the girls, the German news site Onetz reported, citing police.

A spokesman for Regional Health Command Europe on Friday confirmed that the suspect belongs to the Bavarian Medical Department Activity.

“But he is not a health care provider and is not involved in patient care at a military treatment facility,” said the spokesman, Shane Sharp.

Sharp confirmed the German report but could not provide the officer’s name, as the investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Amberg police were able to identify the man because the victims’ detailed description of him matched that of a soldier suspected of being involved in a similar incident in October 2015 near a school.

When police saw the man in a jogging suit in Amberg on Wednesday, they attempted to question him, but he fled, Onetz reported. He was apprehended near his apartment in the Amberg city center.

The soldier has been released to U.S. custody but has yet to be charged, said Lt. Col. Brian Carlin, spokesman for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multinational Training Command in nearby Grafenwoehr.

German police believe that the soldier may have approached other youths or children in a similar manner. They are asking potential victims to call +49 (0) 9621-890-320.

Stars and Stripes reporter Marcus Kloeckner contributed to this report.

darnell.michael@stripes.com