Thursday, August 27, 2009

Richard Wedmore - Repeat Sex Offender - Calmly exposing himself in the library

"This individual has a history of this so he needs to be rehabilitated a little more, I think," Officer Dumas said.

Milford Police say they found a man wearing women's lace underwear in a public library.

Walking into Milford Superior Court, 46-year-old Richard Wedmore was fully clothed. This is unlike the day before when he walked through the entrance of the Milford public library. It was just before noon and it was crowded.

"We do try to be very, very careful but because it is a public building and because so many people walk through our doors everyday, we have no way of knowing who everybody is," said Milford Library Director Jean Tsang.

Tsang was in the back when her staff ran in to alert her.

"He was upstairs and he was in the financial area of the reference department," said Tsang.

A library patron had already called police.

"The officer went into the library and found Mr. Wedmore in an area of the library seated where there were several children around," said Officer Vaughn Dumas of the Milford Police Department. "He was wearing a t-shirt and women's panties that weren't capable of concealing his genitalia and a pair of work boots."

He was quickly escorted out and arrested. Wedmore is now facing indecent exposure charges as well as risk of injury and breach of peace.

He is also a registered sex offender for a previous 2nd degree sexual assault. In fact, he's been arrested 14 times in the past, is currently homeless and unemployed.

There are underlying mental problems, as well, police say.

"He indicated that he borrowed the underwear from his wife however we've determined that he's not married at this time," said Officer Dumas.

Wedmore had not been in the children's section of the library but there were at least three kids nearby though he never talked to or touched any of the children. Still, it's an unusual and unsettling situation.

"It's creepy, it's disheartening," Tsang said. "It's upsetting but we just hope it doesn't effect people coming in to use us."

"This individual has a history of this so he needs to be rehabilitated a little more, I think," Officer Dumas said.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

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