Capitol Police Arrest “Topeka Park Flasher” For Flashing People At State Park, Including Children

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A man has been arrested after several occasions of flashing people at the state park near the Governor’s mansion in Topeka.

According to Officer Patrick Saleh with the Capitol Police, officers received reports earlier this month from park goers at the Kaw River State Park, saying a man was flashing people, including children.

Capitol Police, along with the Topeka Police Department, set up a sting operation at the park.

Saleh says the man, identified as 53-year-old Joseph Gilbert, then flashed one of their officers, and was taken into custody on Monday.

He was booked into the Shawnee County Jail on charges of Lewd and Lascivious Behavior, and Aggravated Indecent Liberties with a Child Less Than 14 Year Of Age.

The charge of Aggravated Indecent Liberties is because Saleh says Gilbert allegedly flashed several different children. 

“The act of merely being naked is not generally illegal. It’s what else you do while you’re unclothed.  Such as attempting to arouse yourself or to arouse others.  That’s when it crosses the line into being illegal and being Lewd and Lascivious behaviors, and doing Lewd and Lascivious behaviors in front of children that are there with their families, steps that up into a felony level with the Aggravated Indecent Liberties with Children Less Than 14.”

Gilbert, now known on Social Media as the “Topeka Park Flasher”, has not been formally charged in court.