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20-year-old Fallbrook man pleads not guilty to indecent exposure and sexual battery charges


Friday, December 21st, 2012
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VISTA (Wire Service) - A man accused of repeatedly exposing himself to women as they walked through an open-space park near his home in Fallbrook pleaded not guilty today to three misdemeanor charges, including indecent exposure and sexual battery.

Austin Lee Harper, 20, was ordered held on $50,000 bail.

Investigators believe Harper "flashed" female pedestrians in Los Jilgueros Preserve on South Mission Road on at least five occasions this month, San Diego County sheriff's Lt. Todd Richardson said.

Last Friday morning, Dec. 21, detectives were talking to Harper regarding an unrelated trespassing case when he allegedly revealed details that only the flasher would know. He also provided written evidence regarding the crimes,

Richardson said without elaboration.

Deputy District Attorney Ted Fiorito said the defendant was charged in connection with incidents on Dec. 7, Dec. 14, and Dec. 21.

Harper - who was on probation for assault at the time of his arrest - faces 18 months in jail if convicted, the prosecutor said.

The defendant will be back in court Jan. 2 for a readiness conference and Jan. 23 for trial.

(previous story)

Fallbrook man to be arraigned today on four counts of indecent exposure; one count of sexual battery and annoying a child

VISTA (Wire Service) - A man accused of repeatedly exposing himself to women as they walked through an open-space park near his home in Fallbrook is scheduled to be arraigned today, Wed., Dec. 26 at the Vista courthouse.

Austin Lee Harper, 20, was booked into the Vista jail last Friday on suspicion of four counts of misdemeanor indecent exposure and one count each of misdemeanor sexual battery and annoying a child. He remained jailed early today

in lieu of $70,000 bail, according to online jail records.

Investigators believe Harper "flashed" female pedestrians in Los Jilgueros Preserve on South Mission Road on at least five occasions between Dec. 10 and 16, San Diego County sheriff's Lt. Todd Richardson said.

Last Friday morning, Dec. 21, detectives were talking to Harper regarding an unrelated trespassing case when he allegedly revealed details that only the flasher would know. He also provided written evidence regarding the crimes,

Richardson said without elaboration.

Harper is being held at the Vista Jail on $70,000 bail.

(previous story)

20-year-old Fallbrook man arrested for numerous incidences of indecent exposure

Debbie Ramsey

Managing Editor

Fallbrook Sheriff's Substation commander, Lt. Todd Richardson announced this afternoon (Dec. 21) that an arrest has been made relating to a man who was suspected of numerous incidences of indecent exposure over the last few days.

"During the week of December 10 through 16, Sheriff's Fallbrook Substation began receiving reports of a white male adult between the ages of 18-25, who had been following and exposing his genitals to women walking through Fallbrook's Los Jilgueros Preserve located in the 2100 block of South Mission Road, Fallbrook," said Richardson. "Five separate incidents were ultimately reported."

Richardson said, "Detectives worked diligently to identify and locate the subject. Several persons of interest were questioned and a decoy operation was performed with negative results."

Earlier today, one of the individuals that had been questioned in the case was contacted by officers on an unrelated trespassing offense.

"Subsequent to the arrest and during an interview of the subject, identified as Austin Harper (age 20 of Fallbrook), he made several specific statements which contained information that only the suspect or person involved in the incidents would have knowledge of. Harper also provided written evidence of the offenses."

Richardson said during the investigation, "detectives identified an additional case, which had occurred a week earlier in the 1800 block of Gum Tree Lane, where Harper had ridden a bicycle up to a young female and grabbed her arm."

In that incident, the female screamed and Harper rode off.

Richardson said Harper was transported and booked into the Vista Detention Facility on charges of: 243.4(e,1) PC - Sexual Battery (2 counts), 314 PC - Indecent exposure (4 counts), and 647.6 PC - Molest or Annoy a Child.


 

48 comments

Comment Profile ImageNot surprised
Comment #1 | Friday, Dec 21, 2012 at 7:35 pm
Good! Now he'll stop stealing from my establishment!
Comment Profile ImageRigit
Comment #2 | Friday, Dec 21, 2012 at 8:00 pm
Not really sure what this clown was up to, but thank you for getting him. I have two kids who attend school on Gum Tree. He better be thankful he didn't get snatched up the girls dad, or any other father figure, they would have had to scrape him up off of gum tree. As for showing his junk off, he needs to be beaten with a phone book until he stops being a weirdo.
Comment Profile ImageDOnt tRIpK
Comment #3 | Friday, Dec 21, 2012 at 8:54 pm
and people say Hispanics bring crimes to the US u don't see Hispanics shooting up lil innocent kids and schools or shooting up theaters or show his privates to lady's hahahaha and i guess some how we bring crime to the US
Comment Profile ImageFallbrookian
Comment #4 | Friday, Dec 21, 2012 at 9:17 pm
Very sad...A.J. has been in trouble since he was a kid, but I never saw him doing something this stupid. What a poor decision.
Comment Profile Imagehmm
Comment #5 | Saturday, Dec 22, 2012 at 8:34 am
Los Jig has been getting a bit scary..there should be some sort of security walking the grounds. We used to wallk there in the mornings and you could tell that people are sleeping there at night..someones gonna sue that conservancy if something happens..
Comment Profile Imageknee deep
Comment #6 | Saturday, Dec 22, 2012 at 9:24 am
This is a sad story. I remember him losing his Mom while still in high school and having other issues to deal with. It seems he was someone seeking attention(in a very bad way) and he got it. I hope the healing can begin for this young man. He desperately needs it.
Comment Profile ImageMom of lots
Comment #7 | Saturday, Dec 22, 2012 at 11:07 am
His picture should be posted here and the paper so we all know who he is. He WILL get worse. These kind of people get their kicks in a certain way and then it stops working and they need to go to the next level. He has now grabbed a female's arm, but next time the screams may not scare him off. This person is dangerous. It is very sad. His only hope is God and asking for redemption in Him.
Comment Profile Image@DOnt tRlpK
Comment #8 | Saturday, Dec 22, 2012 at 11:11 am
Really? maybe you should do some research on crimes committed on the Mexican/American border and in Mexico. Dismemberment, mutilation, rape and murders are done to children, adults and anmals by Hispanics!
Comment Profile Image............
Comment #9 | Saturday, Dec 22, 2012 at 11:19 am
HAHAHA , Seriously , Were's Ray The Real One At?
Comment Profile ImageArt
Comment #10 | Saturday, Dec 22, 2012 at 3:32 pm
Message to hmm

We walk Los Jilgueros Preserve every morning before day break and rarely see another automobile or walkers. Sometimes lovers on Saturday or Sunday morning but thats it no overnight campers. This is our 6th year and we have never felt the need for security.
Comment Profile ImageGum Tree resident
Comment #11 | Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 at 10:54 am
Had AJ been a minority, instead of condemning him, all the liberals here in Fallbrook would be coming out of the woodwork demanding he be presumed innocent until proven guilty. AKA Michael Vick. I personally agree with "Mom of lots" and am glad there is a Megan's law. Thank God the ACLU hasn't been able to defeat it.
Comment Profile ImageSOBRRAT
Comment #12 | Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 at 6:03 pm
I'm no liberal, nor am I right-wing nut job with an exaggerated sense of chivalry... The fact is, these incidents of mental-illness related crimes have been increasing since funding for federal and state mental hospitals was cut in the 1980s. Feel-good liberals think mainstreaming the severely mentally ill and support groups and political correctness in out schools is the answer... that these people are "misunderstood or "victims". Yes to all of the above, where appropriate. However, when victims become perpetrators, which happens more often than we think, they have crossed the line and become a danger to others, which justifies psychiatric evaluation... if that were required for these kinds of perps, then a lot more of them would remain in psychiatric care instead of out on the street on bail.
Insofar as illegals committing violent crimes against Americans, they should be considered enemy combatants and summarily executed. They don't belong here anyway and it's pretty clear they have no love for American values... any other country would hang 'em... of course we're the only country that treats the ACLU as a government agency.
Comment Profile ImageFmr Fallbrook
Comment #13 | Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 at 6:40 pm
I think they got the age wrong. I went to high school with Austin and I knew his brother Jeremy. Austin is around 40 or 41 years old.
Comment Profile Imagere...fmr fallbrook
Comment #14 | Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 at 11:12 pm
Its his son, austin jr. Dad is another nut also!!!!!
Comment Profile Image@7
Comment #15 | Monday, Dec 24, 2012 at 6:12 am
He doesn't need some one's superstitions. What the young man does need is good psychiatric help and counseling.
Comment Profile ImageFallbrookian
Comment #16 | Monday, Dec 24, 2012 at 2:58 pm
He has been floundering for years and hangs with the skateboarders, who accept him despite his flaws. He was well-liked, but everyone knew he lived his life on the edge of drugs. That is what I blame. I am hesitant to say this is mental illness, I think it is a hot-blooded kid that was fueled by drugs, so he made really stupid decisions.
Comment Profile Imageto # 3
Comment #17 | Monday, Dec 24, 2012 at 5:15 pm
You realize this story had NOTHING to do with guns. Right?? Austin didn't shoot anyone.
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Comment Profile Imagehnb
Comment #18 | Monday, Dec 24, 2012 at 5:19 pm
A.J's trouble didn't start in high school. He was making bad decisions long before then. I went to school with him and I remember LOTS of stuff he's done.
Comment Profile ImageMom of lots
Comment #19 | Tuesday, Dec 25, 2012 at 12:01 am
@15- I have yet to hear of a person who has a sexual deviancy ever being healed through psychiatric care and/or counseling. Self-control is the first step, which is extrememly difficult for someone who has already stepped to the other side and entertained his deviancies. These kind of problems seem to escalate and I see no way out for the person other than God and a miracle.
Comment Profile Image@19
Comment #20 | Tuesday, Dec 25, 2012 at 3:29 am
Sexual deviancy as defined by you is anything you don't like to do. PS-there is no god, gods, godesses, and other such stuff. Get real.
Comment Profile ImageFbk Dad
Comment #21 | Tuesday, Dec 25, 2012 at 10:55 am
Now AJ will get to be a registered sex offender. Lets put a GPS ankle bracelet on him and monitor him. We should be doing that with all sex offenders. 90% of them repeat offend.
Comment Profile Image.......2
Comment #22 | Tuesday, Dec 25, 2012 at 11:20 am
First of all, the trespassing count is the only one that he was guilty of. A.J. doesn't ride a bike, and he is not a flasher. He has no interest in little girls. That is primarily a Mexican prank. He is a lost boy trying to survive and stealing for food,toiletries, and cigarettes. He can't afford the drugs. He's a Skater and runs with a rough crowd. We have no idea what drives him, but love and an opportunity to receive direction could have helped. His biggest mistakes where not taking advantage of the ones offered him. He had no access to his real father Austin, who is no help, but anyone who understands the difference genes make in families can figure out its beyond nurture.

He prefers skating to women. They still need to find THE REAL ONE. We all know cops find it easy to nail on someone that has a history of misdemeanors, theft, pot,trespassing and getting into fights. He's a skater and considered a nuisance. It would help if someone would have given him a chance and a job with guidance

Unfortunately, the mexican gang groups that pass the drugs and dare the kids to do things are at fault. When the truth comes out you will find who to blame. They ARE enemy combatants and should be executed for the crimes they promote throughout our community. Crime is a religion to the Chicano. Illegals MUST not gain access in the first place, and the ones that are in gangs need to brought down and shipped out and punished in their own jails. Dreamin' I know.
Comment Profile ImageMom of lots
Comment #23 | Tuesday, Dec 25, 2012 at 6:32 pm
@20- sexual deviancy, in the way I am referring to it here re: the article, is a person that gets sexual gratification over exerting himself in a way that puts others in an unwanted and unwelcome position. For example, exposing their genitals to someone in public. You say I am defining "deviancy" as something I don't like? Does ANYONE want to see someone expose their genitals in public unexpectedly to them as they are taking a walk in a secluded area? Does ANYONE want their arm grabbed by a stranger? Studies have shown that people who do these things typically escalate to more deviant behavior if not stopped like rape and even murder for some. Does ANYONE like to be raped? You say fairies, gods, etc do not exist. I agree. Our Creator is the only One who exists. If you do not believe He does, your heart is in direct rebellion and hardened. Who do you think created you? Where do you think you came from? You think we all just came about? This young man needs self control and sheer will only lasts so long. As fragile humans, we all break.
Comment Profile ImageFallbrookian
Comment #24 | Tuesday, Dec 25, 2012 at 10:05 pm
.....2 (comment #22). You absolutely nailed AJ's life and what he has been going through. It is difficult for me to see this going on with him because I know how tough his life has been. There are several young men in the skater crowd that don't have guidance, or the choices that normal kids have. Very sad story. I still find it extremely hard to believe that he would actually do any of this. It just doesn't seem in keeping with his personality. He is a fighter, a scrapper, a kid with no direction, and I know the police don't like him. He is considered a nuisance....that should not happen to anyone. They have been looking for a way to run him out of town since the skateboard incident in Seers Industrial park. Makes me sick to think about this turn in his life. I just hope this is not really true.
Comment Profile ImageMom of lots
Comment #25 | Tuesday, Dec 25, 2012 at 11:37 pm
In reading these descriptions of A.J., I am now wondering if I know who he is. If this is the same person, he has asked me more than one time for "money for the bus because he has a young child in Vista (or somewhere) that he never sees because he cannot afford to get down there". I have wondered if this is really true and if this is where he is using the money he has gotten. The first few times I saw him, he was hanging in the Fresh and Easy area and the last couple of times I have seen him, he has been in the Albertsons area with a dog he did not have before. I have not seen him in the last few months. He is very young and definately looks like the skater type. He seems like a nice kid, but very lost and seemingly becoming more lost every time I see him. He's thin, average height, short sandy brown hair. Does this sound like him? Whenever I see him, I just feel bad and wonder where his family is and how sad they must be as well.
Comment Profile Imageanother Mom
Comment #26 | Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012 at 9:01 am
I too know A.J. and this is not him. I have always thought that he needed help (mentally). I pray that he gets the help in needs in jail. I don't care what anyone says and what people think. He is not a bad person. He needs mental help. I just pray he gets it. That is if he even did what they said. They could just be pinning this whole thing on him.
Comment Profile Imageto comment 22
Comment #27 | Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012 at 1:36 pm
You are making excuses for a criminal while condemning innocent people based on their ethnic background. I wish you could or would educate yourself on the harsh realities that the world has within it and the reason why people will do anything to escape cruelty. You sound very sheltered and uninformed about the truths behind human nature. Please educate yourself if you have compassion for the world.
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Comment Profile ImageTo criminal defenders
Comment #28 | Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012 at 1:47 pm
Drugs may cause temporary psychosis on all occasions, could anyone actually consider that perhaps he was on drugs or a comedown and DID commit these things? Yes, many drugs can cause this type of behavior, especially drugs found around the Fallbrook area.

Should a woman have to be afraid to walk to the store? Should we have to be on alert to every male in public because he could be "Shroedinger's Rapist?" Seriously, WTF is wrong with the people typing on this comment section who defend this behavior? Oh wait, don't tell me.... she was asking for it because she walked down the wrong sidewalk/wore the wrong sweater/ made the wrong face etc. all that cried she was asking for it.

I don't want anything cruel to happen to anyone, but if this man cannot control his impulses it is absolutely correct for him to be behind bars. And for the racist people on this forum, are you saying its okay for him to rape/expose himself/annoy women as long as they are illegal or Mexican looking? WTF is wrong with you people? I thought Fallbrook was a good community to raise kids....
Comment Profile ImageMom of lots
Comment #29 | Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012 at 2:30 pm
I have never heard of ANYone who found out their family member, close friend, acquaintance, etc. had done something like expose themselves, molest, rape, murder, etc say that they thought he was the "type" to do it. Everyday people commit these acts. They do not typically look or act any different than the next person and mix quite well in society.
Comment Profile ImageTo comment 26 and 27
Comment #30 | Thursday, Dec 27, 2012 at 4:40 am
Especially the Drugs found in the Fallbrook area and a good community to raise kids is an oxymoron.
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Comment Profile ImageComment 26
Comment #31 | Thursday, Dec 27, 2012 at 4:57 am
He needs your prayers. I don't think jail will provide more than shelter from the cold and something tht looks like food. The police are doing exactly that, looking to pin him on anything to get rid of him. If he had the means, he would not be hanging in Fallbrook. The kid needs a Safe House not a jail.
Comment Profile Image@ 22
Comment #32 | Thursday, Dec 27, 2012 at 10:37 am
I know AJ personally and you must be blind. He is ALWAYS on his bike, I see him all the time! I'm sorry that he's your friend and you don't want to believe what he's done, but take off your glasses and come back to reality. He did it. Plus many other things that he ISN'T being charged for. He's getting off easy and should go to jail.
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Comment Profile Image@ 25
Comment #33 | Thursday, Dec 27, 2012 at 10:43 am
It is not the same person. I still would suggest not giving him money. Every time he asks me for money it's a different story, "I need to get home to escondido", "I need to get home to oceanside". He is one of those people who make good hearted people skeptics and who make it hard for the people who do need help with a little change to actually get it.
Comment Profile ImagePreston
Comment #34 | Thursday, Dec 27, 2012 at 10:50 am
Sexual deviancy is not Race specific and anyone that believes otherwise is in serious need of a little more education.
Comment Profile ImageCriminology 101
Comment #35 | Thursday, Dec 27, 2012 at 12:23 pm
The majority of sex offenders start out with indecent exposure and advance to crimes like forcible rape. There is no cure.
Comment Profile ImageMom of lots
Comment #36 | Thursday, Dec 27, 2012 at 10:07 pm
#33- thank you.
Comment Profile ImageReally
Comment #37 | Friday, Dec 28, 2012 at 1:01 am
Stop feeling sorry for this perverted creep...what a loser.
Comment Profile Imagegrunt
Comment #38 | Friday, Dec 28, 2012 at 8:40 am
To all those that said he needs help; have you asked for help for him? Have you told reported him to the mdeical/police/county Mental health? If you KNOW someone is in need of help and do not do anything, you are (almost) resposnible for his later actions.
Comment Profile Image@grunt
Comment #39 | Friday, Dec 28, 2012 at 9:20 am
Sorry but you are 100% wrong. Everyone is responsible for their own actions after they turn 18. We all have to learn from our own mistakes.
Comment Profile ImagePreston
Comment #40 | Saturday, Dec 29, 2012 at 7:47 am
Comment 39, Our legal system does not find the mentally incompetent responsible for their actions at any age.
Comment Profile ImageJerome
Comment #41 | Saturday, Dec 29, 2012 at 12:14 pm
White boys be getting crazy making headlines for the strangest things. I only hope if there are other victims out there they come forward and report this creep.
Comment Profile ImageTyrell
Comment #42 | Sunday, Dec 30, 2012 at 1:37 am
I wonder what comments this individual would be receiving if ,he was to be African American. I always expect by far the worst racial comments from this town. Nothing ,but racist ignorant people In Fallbrook I wonder why this problem exists , I tend to be treated by others differently in neighboring cities. Although there is an increase of African Americans in this town the problems continue to occur perhaps the problems are starting in the households of Fallbrook families.
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Comment #43 | Sunday, Dec 30, 2012 at 9:44 am
There are a lot of ignorant people in Fallbrook. Those people will eventually die out because it seems to be a generational thing.

to #30
Drugs are everywhere. Fallbrook is a nice place compared to most of the same level income places around southern California. And yes, Fallbrook is a great place to raise kids with a few homeless drug addicts and all.
Comment Profile ImagePink
Comment #44 | Sunday, Dec 30, 2012 at 12:46 pm
I don't think it matters what color a persons skin is, if they are bad they are bad, if they are good they are good. We are all brothers and sisters under the skin. This young man has made some very bad choices in his young life. Let us hope he gets the help he needs, if indeed, he can still be helped. Someone dropped the ball raising him a very long time ago.
Comment Profile Image@32
Comment #45 | Sunday, Dec 30, 2012 at 1:21 pm
Hmmm I don't think you know the same AJ. He doesn't have a bike, he uses his skateboard. Lighten up, it sounds like you have a personal agenda against him.Also, he has dark short hair, he doesn't have a child in vista, fallbrook area more like it. Escondido or Oceanside he may be looking for work, but I doubt it.. Somebody should help by giving this kid a job, he's homeless now and needs a place to live. I seriously doubt he fLashed anybody, somebody walked by at an in-opportune moment if he was sleeping near his home. Jail is a lot warmer, during the winter, I'm glad he's off the streets. I hope he gets some good help too, otherwise the jail experience may just be a spiral downward.
Comment Profile Image@45
Comment #46 | Sunday, Dec 30, 2012 at 4:52 pm
That second post was obviously replying to a different comment about a DIFFERENT person. If you actually read the posts you'll see that in that comment I say the person looking for money to go to oside or esco is NOT AJ. And maybe YOU'RE the one thinking of a different AJ. Because this AJ is on a bike in the Albertsons parking lot very often. Yes he also uses a skateboard and that USED to be the only thing he used, but as of late he is on a bike more often than a board. And no, I will not lighten up on such a serious topic. Do you think this is something that should be funny??? I have nothing against him but I do know he is someone to stay away from. Plain and simple.
Comment Profile Imageconcerned
Comment #47 | Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 at 4:17 pm
Last comment was last year. Would like to hear some new comments about this situation from new or previous posters. Any new or updated thoughts on this matter would be appreciated.
Comment Profile ImageSteve Harper
Comment #48 | Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 3:17 pm
Guess what Fallbrook I should go on a rampage on all of you. you are talking about my brother so if you can say something say it to me so I can hurt you.

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