Homeless man arrested for exposing himself on Hawthorne Trail


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Jonathan Dow, 33, was arrested yesterday and charged with a second offense of exposure of sexual organs after a woman reported that he was masturbating while sitting on a bench along the Hawthorne Trail.

The responding Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputy reported that he was familiar with Dow, who is homeless, after others had reported that they encountered him masturbating, asking for sexual favors, or verbally abusing passersby on the trail. However, none of them had wished to pursue criminal charges.

The deputy made contact with the woman who reported yesterday’s encounter and showed her a photo line-up, in which she positively identified Dow as the man she had encountered on the trail.

The victim reported that she had been riding her bike on the trail and had gotten off the bike briefly near the La Chua trail overlook when she saw Dow sitting alone on a park bench. She said that he was masturbating and that he asked her to help him with something. She reported that she said she didn’t want to, but he said all she had to do was stand there. She told the deputy that she was very uncomfortable and got on her bike to leave, but Dow began walking towards her and then followed her as she rode away. She rode faster to get away from him and did not see him again.

Dow has been charged with a second offense of indecent exposure. He has three felony convictions and an open Alachua County case for driving without a valid license. He also has a conviction in another county this year. He is being held on $10,000 bail.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

  • Lmao only liberals would be dumb enough to see something like that and decline to press charges. Guy needs a bullet in the head

    • Sad that Trumpism is just a avatar for mediocre white males who wanna cash on sum made up grievances.. the ability not to show empathy to people with mental health issues is outstanding.. simpletons behave that way.. couldn’t imagine a life so sad you comment on anything you think is politically charged 😁😁.. liberals bad.. Trump good.. fu$n knuckle dragging di*k licker get a life

      • I don’t recall the story indicating he had mental health issues. You on the other hand…

      • Only a idiot would see some POS homeless scumbag masturbate in public and then go on about his/her day like nothing happened and not think anything is wrong. Just leave it to the next unsuspected person to encounter right? You fuking azz hat, shut your mouth and go shave your twat.

        • Geezus is an altruist who wants to help the homeless black guy out
          With his masturbation because black masturbaters matter….who has mental issues?
          Liberalism is a mental disorder. Woke means it’s ok to be a black racist… Geezus gets triggered &
          Unhinged because of your moniker.

  • Technically he didn’t really expose himself to her, she showed up when he was wanking his willie. Most people do that in the confines and privacy of their homes but maybe the bench is his home now. I wonder if city commissioners and their policies caused his homelessness and thereby played an integral role.

    He could say he’s innocent because today he identifies as a female so it wasn’t possible given his choice of gender identity.

  • Don’t give the city commision any ideas! Next thing you know the city will have an RTS bus dedicated to masturbation. Unfortunately being on the cutting edge of liberalism herer in Berkely east has it’s disadvantages. That’s the rub….

    • The GNV City Commission will say anything is ok if you wear a mask and
      are woke.

    • He’s a nomad and prefers living outdoors. They should
      Stop trying to house the worlds’ nomads in Alachua
      County at Grace Marketplace. Part of the great reset
      Agenda is to house the worlds homeless…

  • He probably bought some drugs at Grace Marketplace, took/smoked them, and this is the end result that day. Lots of fun and games for the homeless to partake in at Grace. I bet there’s gambling and prostitution, maybe a ‘speakeasy’ of sorts.

  • Maybe some saltpeter in his favorite beverage would curb his flogging habits

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