OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Library patrons are buzzing about an arrest that happened outside a branch on 87th Street. Police took a 28-year-old man into custody and prosecutors charged him with exposing himself to a woman outside the busy library.
Police say it's not the first time Josiah Darby has done this. A 27-year-old woman was walking in the front door of the library Tuesday around 4 p.m. when police say the man exposed himself to her. Officer Gary Mason with the Overland Park Police Department said it’s possible that children saw the alleged act as well.
“It's a busy library branch. There are afterschool programs going on. There are a lot of kids in and out of that library, so you'd assume that kids could have seen him. We don't know of any who have at this point,” he said.
It's not Darby's first brush with the law for the same offense. Court records from Riley County indicate Darby did the same thing on April 30, 2013. Police arrested him and a court clerk said he's still on probation he received from that offense.
John Callison lives near the library and visits several times per week. He said the library is busy with families each afternoon, and he was shocked to hear the news.
“If that is really, truly the case, what you told me, I don't want to see any more of that, or hear any more,” Callison said.
For this offense, Darby faces a felony charge for lewd and lascivious behavior.
“It's something that we're not going to tolerate. We're going to charge him appropriately,” Officer Mason said.
Darby is an inmate at the Johnson County Detention Center in Olathe where he's being held on a $1,000 bond. He will be back in court on June 6 where he will face a longer jail sentence.