A male police officer went undercover as an Amish woman to try and catch a flasher who's been targeting Amish children.
PULASKI, Pa. -- A male western Pennsylvania police officer has been dressing as an Amish woman -- along with a female officer from a neighboring department - hoping to scare off a man suspected of exposing himself to Amish children.
Pulaski Township Sgt. Chad Adams says police weren't able to charge the man because of a lack of evidence, but believe he's the same person sentenced to house arrest in January for similar incidents in neighboring Mercer County.
"I wanted to put the picture and the story out there (on Facebook) and hope that he sees it and thinks twice before doing it again," Adams told WKYC.
Adams, 39, will have been with the department 17 years this month. He admits that it is not the most flattering photo of him "but I did what I thought was expected of me...it's all about protecting the children."
Adams says he got help from a female officer in Wampum.
The Amish who live in Lawrence County, along the Ohio border near Youngstown and 50 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, don't want their children to testify in court and agreed to lend the police women's bonnets, aprons and dresses to catch or scare away the suspect.
Adams recently revealed the investigation now that the incidents have stopped.
On April 9, Adams posted a picture of himself in undercover garb on the Pulaski Township Police Department Facebook page
Adams also wrote on Facebook:
"Hey friends, sometimes being a police officer means going under cover and doing what you have to do to catch the bad guy. Now that our investigation is complete I'll share with you this photo! Back in January we had an individual preying on Amish children walking home from school. The male individual was pulling up to the children and getting out of his car and masturbating in front of them."
"Although we did not apprehend the individual we believe he was caught in another county. I wanted to share with you that we will use all means available to try and protect our children. That includes dressing up as an Amish woman to attempt to apprehend a pervert! Thanks goes out to the Neshannock police and New Wilmington police in assistance with the investigation! Sincerely, Sergeant Chad Adams."