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Undercover operation nabs serial exposer in Clay

1:48 PM, May 22, 2012   |    comments
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FLEMING ISLAND, Fla. -- The Clay County Sheriff's Office used an undercover jogger to help them arrest a man they say repeatedly exposed himself.

On February 23, a woman jogging along County Road 220 on her lunch break reported seeing 50-year-old George Hager standing in his front yard. The woman told police Hager was naked from the waist down and that originally she thought she had interrupted him urinating in his yard.

However, when the female jogger also saw Hager on her way back to work, still standing in his front yard with his pants around his ankles, exposing himself, she called police.

Detectives showed the victim a photo lineup but due to the shock of her seeing Hager in that condition, she told police she was not positive it was Hager who exposed himself.

The sheriff's office then started an undercover operation. Six times, they sent an undercover female jogger to run past Hager's home. Four of the six times she ran past, Hager was in his front yard exposing himself to the undercover officer.

Hager was arrested and charged with 5 counts of indecent exposure.

Hager has an extensive criminal history in Clay County involving similar sex crimes, according to documents provided by the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

Since the offenses are misdemeanors, Hager does not meet the criteria to require him to be deemed a sexual offender or predator.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office has asked that information be passed along to community members so they may be aware of Hager's continued actions.

Hager lives at 1879 County Road 220 in Fleming Island. He is the only male who resides at that address, according to his arrest report from the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

Mary Justino, Public Information Officer for the Clay County Sheriff's Office, said there is a possibility there are additional victims. If you feel you have been victimized by George Hager, you are asked to call Detective Padgett with the Clay County Sheriff's Office Intelligence Unit at 904-264-6512.

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