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Police Say Laws Aren't Tough Enough on Lewdness

Police Say Laws Aren't Tough Enough on Lewdness

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Marc Giauque, KSL Newsradio South Salt Lake Police say they're frustrated that a man they arrested for lewdness was out on the street to begin with.

Police say Michael Paul Nelder has numerous arrests all around the valley. The problem is, says Captain Tracy Tingey, they've all been misdemeanors, meaning most of the time he's let off the hook after only paying a fine. That's troubling to Tingey.

Captain Tracy Tingey, South Salt Lake police: "He is well on his way to becoming an extremely dangerous person in our community."

Police say Nelder was arrested Sunday for exposing himself to two girls at a convenience store and then following the pair afterwards.

Tingey says the suspect is once again facing only misdemeanor charges. He hopes, in the future, laws can change to make crimes like this a felony.

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