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Six suspects arrested for indecency in Indiana parks

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- They thought they were going to hook up, and instead they got locked up.

Six men have been charged with indecency, with two accused of trying to touch an officer sexually.

On Tuesday, an undercover detective spoke with WDRB News and revealed what's happening at some Indiana State Parks. All we can say about this undercover detective is that he works with the Clarksville Police Department. 

"They give people that come here kind of a head shrug and go walking into the woods in hopes that the other person will follow them down there," he said.

His department recently joined with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to see what's going on in some state parks. People have been complaining about seeing sex acts in broad daylight.

"We had undercover officers that were there and they were propositioned," the detective said.

Six men all face misdemeanor indecency charges. Four were caught in Clark State Forest. Two were near the Falls of the Ohio.

Some were literally caught with their pants down.

"[They] pulled out their genitals and showed themselves when they shouldn't," the detective said. 

Police say the guys would meet in the parking lot and drift off into the woods. In a couple of these altercations, an undercover officer was with one of the suspects in a secluded area. They were talking about something simple like the weather -- and just that quick, the suspect's hands go to the undercover officer's shorts.

"[The] perpetrators actually reach out to make contact with their private areas," the undercover officer said.

As a result, 51-year-old Michael Wooten and 64-year-old Samuel Elmore also face a battery charge.

75-year-old Curtis Gregory is the oldest of the bunch. Police say he was pleasing himself at a picnic table at Clark State Forest in front of an undercover officer when he thought no one else was around.

"They're putting people in positions where children may have to see something that they should never see," the undercover detective said.

Alan Lee sits at the Falls of the Ohio often for lunch.

"I wish I could say I was surprised, but it seems like these kind of things happen more and more often these days," Lee said.

Officers hope getting the word out on these arrests will make like-minded criminals think again.

"Our biggest thing is to make sure that the message gets out that if you're coming here to do these things you're running the risk of getting locked up," the detective said.

Police say more stings are coming.

The six arrested are out of jail, only charged with misdemeanors. The next court date, where they're expected to enter a plea, has not yet been set.

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