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Lewd Acts In Front of Softball Players at Carlsbad Park Was an Isolated Incident: PD

The incident happened at Stagecoach Community Park on April 28 while more than 100 people were in the stands

Carlsbad Police have identified a man accused of exposing himself and committing lewd acts at a crowded girl’s softball tournament.

Don Baughman's daughter was on the field at Stagecoach Community Park on April 28, competing in a game while more than 100 people watched from the stands.

"You think there is a safe place and stuff like that but there are strange characters everywhere," Baughman said.

Carlsbad police sent out a notice Wednesday with two photos of the suspect.

The man, photographed in the park, is accused of exposing himself and committing lewd acts in front of a group of girls.

Baughman said by the time parents were alerted and someone called police, the man had vanished.

The man was described by police as between 50 and 60 years old with a bowl haircut and leathery tan skin.

Police released the images but on Thursday, they said the person had been contacted and it appeared to be an isolated incident. Officials did not identify the man.

"We do not feel it will be an ongoing occurrence," a spokesperson for the police department said. 

"Well it freaked me out, obviously," parent Heather Dietsch said.

Dietsch saw the police post on her NextDoor app a few hours before Wednesday's practice. She didn't witness the sex act, but her daughter was playing in the tournament that day.

"Be diligent with your kids and never assume they are OK," Dietsch said.

"Keep an eye on who is near your kids, that's what we will be doing, " Baughman said.

The La Costa girls fastpitch softball league is nervously heading into its all-star season and it's not so much about who will be playing, but who will be watching.

"I still feel safe because we are all just looking out for each other," parent Alesia McCully said.

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