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Willmar man charged with indecent exposure at the library

WILLMAR - A Willmar man has been charged with gross misdemeanor indecent exposure, accused of exposing himself to a woman at the Willmar Public Library. Court documents say a 19-year-old woman had been sitting at a library table on Oct. 11 when 3...

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Jesus Gabriel Rivera

WILLMAR – A Willmar man has been charged with gross misdemeanor indecent exposure, accused of exposing himself to a woman at the Willmar Public Library.

Court documents say a 19-year-old woman had been sitting at a library table on Oct. 11 when 34-year-old Jesus Gabriel Rivera approached her.

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He allegedly began talking to the woman, asking her if she had a boyfriend and if he could use her phone. She refused, later telling police she had never seen Rivera before.

According to the criminal complaint on the charge, Rivera left for a few minutes, then came back to stand next to her. The woman looked over at him and realized his pants were unzipped and he was exposing his genitals.

She said she immediately looked away, and Rivera allegedly sat down in a chair next to her, moving up and down in his seat and bouncing his legs for about five minutes until they both got up to leave.

The woman got a ride home from the library, and told the person who picked her up what had happened. The two of them reportedly followed Rivera on foot to a residence on Trott Avenue Southwest.

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Later, police arrived at that residence, and spoke to Rivera, who reportedly told officers he had been at the library that day. He said he had spoken to a girl using her iPad at a table.

He denied exposing himself to the woman, telling officers he did not think surveillance cameras would show that happening, though he may have inadvertently forgotten to zip his pants up after using the restroom.

Rivera’s first appearance in Kandiyohi County District Court on the charge was Oct. 13. His next hearing is set for Oct. 31.


State criminal records show Rivera has at least three past convictions for interference with privacy, one fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct conviction and a previous indecent exposure conviction from 2006.

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