Police: Machesney Park man exposes himself near Girl Scout troop

Published: Mar. 23, 2018 at 11:12 AM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Rockford police say they caught a registered sex offender on a surveillance camera with his pants down near a group of Girl Scouts.

Officers arrested Austin Ekberg, 21, of Machesney Park.

Detectives say the Girl Scouts were selling cookies and approached Ekberg, who was in a dark-colored SUV in the parking lot of Crimson Ridge off N. Perryville Road. The girls told investigators Ekberg's pants were down with his genitalia exposed. According to police, he was "engaged in an act of self-gratification".

Ekberg was taken into custody Tuesday and charged with sexual exploitation of a child.