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Yorkville Police: Elwood Man Videoed Young Girls at Raging Waves

Yorkville police praised water park staff for noticing and reporting the suspicious behavior.

Authorities are investigating a 43-year-old Elwood man they say was taking video of young girls Wednesday in public areas of Raging Waves water park.

Keith W. Flint, of the 200 block of West Morris Street in Elwood, was charged with two counts of misdemeanor disorderly conduct, Yorkville police said. He allegedly recorded multiple girls who appeared to be ages 10 and younger, police said. The girls were wearing swimsuits and the videos tended to focus on areas covered by their swimsuits, but police found no evidence of child pornography in Flint’s cameras, Yorkville Police Chief Rich Hart said.

“It’s absolutely disgusting,” Hart said.

Hart complimented Raging Waves staff. Adults often photograph their children or their friends’ children at Raging Waves, but lifeguards noticed Flint did not appear to be following a particular child or group of children, so they notified Raging Waves’ private security, Hart said.

A security officer asked Flint if he was with any child. The officer became alarmed and disturbed when Flint said he was there alone and the security guard realized the nature of the videos, Hart said.

The incident happened about 2:45 p.m. Police believe Flint was at the water park for several hours Wednesday, but have no reason to believe he had ever been there before, Hart said.

Yorkville police seized the cameras and video, and consulted with the FBI, Hart said. They also notified other area police agencies about the case.

“We take very seriously when there is anything like this,” Hart said.

Hart said the images are in police custody and will be destroyed when law enforcement no longer needed them.

"When the court cases is over, no matter what happens, they will be destroyed," Hart said. "They will never be returned to him."

Judith Burks July 27, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Good job Raging Waves staff and good job Yorkville Police Dept!!
JenOz July 27, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Excellent job to Raging Waves staff for noticing and REPORTING the suspicious behavior. My 8 year old daughter and I arrived as he was being handcuffed and led to the police car. We wondered what the incident was and am very thankful to have "missed" it. I feel very sorry for him and the girls whose privacy he violated.
kj44 July 27, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Good job as said above. And another reason to keep an eye on your kids!!
Mark A Johnson July 27, 2012 at 04:53 PM
If this is what it appears to be, glad he was captured red-handed! I was there with my grandkids all week and now will be extra cautious and observant. Thank you to Raging Waves and Yorkville Police!! Good job!
Michele Cook July 27, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Nice job, Raging Waves! Always happy with the service here!
Daisy Doe July 27, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Hmm when we had this same thing happen with a weirdo neighbor guy the Kendall County Sheriff's department told us as long as he was not on our property there was nothing they could do (he was in the street once and the other times on the sidewalk across the street). He has done the same thing to several other neighbors and their kids also from his own yard. I would think that this falls under the same type of situation.
CathyAnne Classen July 27, 2012 at 06:59 PM
The Raging Waves Staff, their security guard and the Yorkville police are to be commended. Excellent job on being aware and escalating it quickly to bring in the police. Great Job!!
mike ellison July 27, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Great job security staff. I always make sure when we go to places like this that if I take any pictures of our kids that I take them to an area by themselves so that I'm not aiming my camera at any other kids.
Kibitzer July 27, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Daisy Doe: good for the other folk, eh? Not good for you in your neighborhood. No one should be taking photos of people without their permission. I hope that problem somehow resolved itself for you.
Steve Aldrich July 27, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Kibitzer: You may not like it, but there are allowable and dis-allowable regulations, laws, etc re: taking photos, videos of others in public places, events, etc. Here's a brief summary for everyone, since many of us have digital cameras for either photos or videos (often both on the same type/model camera) http://www.legalandrew.com/2007/10/11/photo-law-your-right-to-take-pictures-in-public/ There are more extensive and specific laws, legal precedents and regulations, so take the above as a 'general overview' not an authoratative or exhaustive source or final word. WHen in doubt, reconsider taking the pics or video and 'don't be a creeper, stalker or discourteous lout. Just offering this for perspective. Glad Raging Waters took actions, along with the police. Also, just because somebody claims to be a pro or semi-pro photographer or film maker, don't accept it on face value, even if they hand you a card. There are many scam artists and worse out there who like to exploit or take advantage of others for various ulterior or unseemly means.
A M July 27, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Great job Raging Waves Staff!!!!! These kids are told to be on the lookout, and they are.. Thank you for keeping our kids and families safe at the park.
JPauly July 27, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Thank you Steve. Just where does the police chief have the right to say, “It’s absolutely disgusting” when the investigation hasn't even come out of it's infancy yet? And yes, I have a 10-year-old daughter, but innocent until PROVEN guilty is still the law. What's next, a man is arrested for enjoying a day on a bench adjacent to a kids playground. If I was this man, civil suits all around for the waterpark and the Yorkville Police if nothing is proven.
Mark A Johnson July 27, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Was there today and thanked Randy Witt personally. Randy attributed it all to his security. Randy introduced me to Chris who was the security responsible per Randy. Chris is one big guy and I told him my family was very grateful for the job he did. Maybe Chief Hart can commend him somehow and anyone else involved. Great job helping to keep our kids safe! Thank you, Chris and all!
Steve Aldrich July 27, 2012 at 11:50 PM
JP: Indeed he is innocent until proven guilty, fully support that myself. His conduct and what was seen on the camera were of sufficient concern to the Raging Waters staff. the officers responding were doing their duty after conducting a field investigation when responding to the call. You may take up your issues with what the police chief's comments directly him, but he also is entitled to express his views when asked. Granted, he could have used more diplomatic words or refrained from comment, but he did not proclaim this man was guilty. That is making inferences and extrapolating based on your personal interpretation and view, IMO
JPauly July 28, 2012 at 12:21 AM
OK, let's keep it simple. How is what the man did disorderly conduct? Please cite the IL statute supporting the charge. This is what I am basing my opinion on. As far as what the police chief said, how can it be construed any other way? Also, what gives the police chief the right to say all of the evidence will never be given back, no matter what the outcome. Even perps. found innocent get their guns back.
Steve Aldrich July 28, 2012 at 12:59 AM
JP: Again, I do not have access or inside knowledge of what the responding officers or the police chief discovered, the basis for the arrest and charges, etc. That would be a matter to take up with them, but given it's on open investigation they will not, by law, release or disclose that information. That is to both protect the rights of the person arrested and charged, or under investigation, and to protect the evidence, etc so it may be admissible in a pending criminal case. WHether the guy is innocent or guilty will be found out in time, either by trial or should he choose to plead guilty. If I read and understood the article right, the CoP said he would not get the videos back, he may/will probably get his camera or recorder back after the investigation is done and once any criminal charges are brought to trial or dropped. I'm not a lawyer or legal expert by any stretch, so the above is my understanding based on what I know as a layman.
Steve Aldrich July 28, 2012 at 01:12 AM
JP: Here is how Disorderly Conduct is defined by IL Law: (720 ILCS 5/26-1) (from Ch. 38, par. 26-1) (Text of Section from P.A. 97-38) Sec. 26-1. Elements of the Offense. (a) A person commits disorderly conduct when he knowingly: (1) Does any act in such unreasonable manner as to alarm or disturb another and to provoke a breach of the peace; source: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=072000050K26-1 I would surmise that is the basis for the arrest and charges in this case, but again am not a lawyer or legal expert, nor privy to police policy in such matters.
Melton S July 28, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Two misdemanors, thats it? If this is “We take very seriously when there is anything like this,” then why not serious charges? I sure hope the chiefs comments do not taint the case and allow this guy to go free. I also hope he doesnt screw this up and get the city sued for millions.
Cat July 28, 2012 at 03:34 AM
As this individual may have a right to record the world as he sees fit, there are still limits, the rest of the world still has their own right to basic privacy and protection from indecency even when they're in public. So, where as I may not be able to tell the old man to truck it out of my neighborhood's playground just because I don't think he should be there, I can sure call the cops when he's photographing little kids in their skivvies. There is more than sufficient reason to be "alarmed or disturbed" when spotting a significantly older individual deliberately videotaping or photographing random little girls, having no obvious reason to be doing so, especially in locations where people are expected to be scantily clothed (beaches, pools, waterparks, etc). Before defending this guy's rights, I'd take just a tiny moment to ponder what "focusing on areas covered by swimsuits" actually describes. I'm sorry, but I just can't see a lot of "innocence" in that, and I'm certainly not going to be jumping on any bandwagon to say that Chief Hart's assessment of "disgusting" was too hasty. Honestly, even if this guy was only recording shots of little tummys and backs (yeah right!) it would still be enough cause to be concerned that he will be taking home videos of my 5 year old! So as far as I'm concerned, THANK YOU to the Raging Waves staff for speaking up and paying attention, YPD for taking action, and both for their diligence protecting our kids! GREAT JOB!!!!!!
Anonymous July 28, 2012 at 12:44 PM
I would to, but rw is a private property. If the guy was on the st., it's technically not yours.
Steve Aldrich July 28, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Anon: Depends on the nature of the photos and if the subject have/had a 'reasonable expectation of privacy', even if he was on public property. For instance, you can't take snaps of someone in their bedroom, bathroom, changing clothes, etc or similar conduct. There are no 'absolute, unfettered rights' and there are laws and statutes covering such matters. Same reason it's illegal to take 'upskirt' or similar snaps...
Jolene July 28, 2012 at 01:17 PM
I totally agree with cat! For all that are saying what he did might not be wrong put your self in a mom or dads shoes. Your with your children watching them while they play way to many people around to notice if some person is taking photos of you or your family and then find out that they could have pictures of your child. If he didn't get caught doing it how do you know where your child's photos are going to be posted or what will be done with them. And for the guy who is saying he has the right to take photos yea he does but if he wasn't trying to do anything wrong don't you think it would be lots of diffrent photos like pictures of the slides or diffrent things in the park not just little girls under the age of 10!!
Sheryl Mezger July 28, 2012 at 04:25 PM
The problem it presents is when does this man draw the line that photography is not enough? The next step would be for him to abduct a child. For that reason alone, it is awesome he was caught before things could go any farther. He hopefully will be evaluated to see if he is safe to be around young children.
Unknown July 28, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Disorderly conduct is the catch all statute when a defendant's conduct doesn't rise to another criminal charge. Also, case law states that a police officer can't be alarmed and disturbed as a complainant for disorderly conduct. These charges won't stand in court.
JSAK July 28, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Well... I'm hoping the FBI checks this guy's computer history for child pornography. His behavior is suspicious enough that they need to check him out. #justmyopinion
JSAK July 28, 2012 at 08:39 PM
P.s. I couldn't agree with you more, Cat!
JPauly July 29, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Reasonable. If this guy is guilty, throw the book at him. But with all of these "citizens" and law enforcement "officials" hanging this guy already, give me death.
PDS July 30, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Personally, I don't take my eye off of my child at the waterpark and am amazed at how many parents, that I know, who casually let their child/children run all over the park unsupervised. I am naturally uptight and paranoid about my child's safety and nothing is an inconvenience for me in terms of keeping her safe which means she's ALWAYS in my sight, particularly in public places. Several of my friends think I worry too much. However, children disappear every day and if it means that I have to hang out with my child all day on slides, wave pools and such, so be it. It doesn't take someone that is brilliant to realize that this guy was up to no good, regardless of what laws say. My common sense tells me that he had/has bad intentions and laws can't sugar coat that. I had a friend tell me once - "what's gonna happen at a waterpark?!" and I told her "anything can happen anywhere."
Kbell July 30, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Great to hear. My child was there that day with her camp. Perverts are everywhere. I wish cell phones never existed. Too much access and cause so many issues. Everyone has a camera/recorder at easy disposal. Not to mention all the problems they cause for accidents because people don't pay attention. Sorry I'm going off topic here.
Blade1212 January 03, 2013 at 10:16 AM
Holy fucking creeper guy. Thank god the cops got him.

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