CLARK COUNTY, Ind. (WDRB) -- Indecent exposure, sexual activity and illegal drug use - all at the Clark State Forest near Henryville - that's why conservation officers are stepping up patrols in the area.

They're also setting up undercover operations to nab those taking part in criminal activities. Officials say conservation officers made three arrests during Wednesday's operations. 

“This is a safe, family atmosphere and our message to the public is that if you're going to come out here, to come here and enjoy the area, great. On the other hand, if you come in here and take part in this illegal activity, they will be dealt with accordingly." Indiana conservation officer Jim Schreck explained.

In response to recent complaints, police say they'll continue heavily patrolling the area, making more arrests and issuing citations throughout the summer.

The three people were arrested without incident this evening in the Clark State Forest near Henryville. They are incarcerated at the Clark County Jail.

Kenneth Nichols, 66, and Michael Stanley, 57, of Scottsburg, were charged with Public Indecency and Battery, while Jerry Heishman, 60, of Corydon faces a charge of Public Indecency.

During the operation, undercover conservation officers encountered and arrested individuals who allegedly exposed themselves or groped officers.

Indiana Conservation Officers routinely patrol the state’s DNR properties in an effort to ensure the safe use of their facilities and natural resources.

Citizens are urged to report suspicious or criminal activity by calling Indiana Conservation Officers’ Central Dispatch at 812-837-9536.

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