The 42-year-old man arrested Wednesday for exposing himself to a woman on a South Hutchinson Island beach trail while wearing nothing but a homemade mask had been charged in the past for indecent exposures along the Treasure Coast.
Wednesday’s arrest occurred after a woman told deputies a masked, naked man ran toward her on a beach access trail in the 7500 block of South Ocean Drive, stopping a few feet away from her.
Deputies stopped a white pickup truck matching a description of the suspect’s vehicle.
One of the deputies reported the truck had stopped. There, the deputy reported finding in the bushes a blue-gray cloth with two holes cut in it.
“The material was tied in the back and resembled a homemade mask,” the arrest report states. “This mask was later identified by the victim as the one used in the crime.”
Investigators would not furnish a photo of the mask, because it is part of an ongoing investigation.
According to the arrest report, Whelan admitted to running at the victim while naked and wearing a mask to conceal his identity.
“Whelan advised he has urges to expose himself to others in public,” the arrest report states, “and that he has been arrested previously for the same thing.”