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Suspected Woodbury flasher pleads guilty

A Woodbury man accused of exposing himself and propositioning teenage girls near Woodbury High School pleaded guilty this month to one count of indecent exposure.

Andrew Ream, 28, entered the plea Sept. 19 in Washington County District Court. He is scheduled to be sentenced in the misdemeanor case on Dec. 15.

The case is one of three where Ream is accused of driving up alongside juvenile females in the area surrounding Woodbury High School.

In the case to which he pleaded guilty, Ream allegedly approached a girl Dec. 13, 2010, while she was walking home from school through Ojibway Park.

According to the charges:

The girl told police that a man - later identified as Ream - first asked her if there was another parking lot to park in. She replied that there wasn't and walked on.

Ream then said, "Hey," in an attempt to lure her back toward his vehicle, which the girl described as an older model tan passenger car. When she got up alongside the vehicle Ream exposed his genitals. After the girl bristled at the gesture, Ream said, "I'll pay you."

The girl told police she walked away and the suspect drove off down Courtly Road. She said it wasn't the first time she had seen the suspect vehicle drive past her but said it was the first time the driver initiated contact with her.

Three days later, a Woodbury police officer conducting surveillance near Woodbury High School spotted a tan passenger vehicle entering Ojibway Park. The officer attempted to follow the vehicle, but it sped off and eluded capture.

A license plate check of the vehicle, however, turned up its registered owner - Ream's wife. That led police to Ream's residence, where he was questioned. Ream told police that Ojibway Park area is the common route he takes home from work each afternoon.

The Dec. 13 victim identified Ream in a photo lineup conducted in January 2011.

During an interview with a Woodbury detective in January, Ream denied the accusations. In February, however, he admitted to the incident.

"(Ream) advised that he did not have an excuse for his actions and that he felt bad about this behavior," the complaint states.

The Dec. 13, 2010, incident fell in between two other reports -Oct. 27, 2010, and Jan. 18, 2011 - alleging similar activity. Ream has been charged in both of those incidents and allegedly admitted to the charges during questioning.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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