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Police sketches lead to suspect arrest in five indecent exposure incidents

Police arrested a 41-year-old man suspected of exposing his genitals to girls on multiple occasions, including three last fall in San Jose’s Willow Glen neighborhood.

James Joseph Couch was arrested March 7 on suspicion of five counts of indecent exposure and three counts of annoying or molesting a child under 18.

On Oct. 27, a girl told police she was walking alone near Ida Price Middle School when a man stopped his vehicle next to her, asked for directions, and exposed his genitals.

Two other incidents, both involving a man in his car asking girls for directions, occurred on Nov. 3 and Dec. 15. In both cases, the man exposed himself to the girls, police said.

San Jose Police Department Police sketches and vehicle descriptions led to the March 7, 2022 arrest of a 41-year-old man believed to have indecently exposed himself to juvenile victims on at least five separate occasions in San Jose, Calif. (Sketches courtesy of San Jose Police Department)

The suspect’s description, sketch and vehicle information were released, resulting in a victim reporting similar details about the suspect and vehicle.

In addition, another juvenile victim of a similar incident about a year ago came forward after seeing the sketch and description, police said.

Anyone with information about the incident or similar incidents is asked to contact Detective Chan #4370 of the San Jose Police Department’s Sexual Assault Investigations Unit at (408) 277-4102.

Crime tips can remain anonymous by using the P3TIPS mobile app, calling the tip line at (408) 947-STOP, or on If the information submitted leads to an arrest, a cash reward may be available from the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers Program.

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