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Man accused of exposing himself to schoolchildren

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A District man convicted of exposing himself in Northeast Washington last year has been arrested again after children across town reported similar behavior in front of their middle school.

Kwame Booker, 22, was charged with five counts of indecent exposure to a minor and ordered held until his detention hearing Wednesday in D.C. Superior Court, police said Monday.

Five children reported that a man exposed himself to them shortly before 8 a.m. Oct. 1 in front of the Cesar Chavez Prep charter school in the 700 block of Kenyon Street NW, according to authorities.

The children ran inside and told their principal, who called police, according to authorities. Detectives identified a suspect and issued an arrest warrant, which was served Friday.

Attorneys for Booker did not return calls seeking comment.

Records from D.C. Superior Court show that Booker was sentenced in August 2011 to 28 days in jail after pleading guilty to a single count of committing lewd or obscene acts.

As part of his plea deal, Judge Frederick Sullivan ordered Booker to comply with random polygraph tests, seek employment, and obtain anger-management help and counseling for stress and sexual disorder. That conviction related to his arrest in May 2011 after five women complained that a man exposed himself to them over the course of two weeks.

D.C. police say the latest case is not related to a series of encounters in Northwest Washington this summer in which a naked man approached youths in a locker room at the Wilson Aquatic Center, adjacent to Woodrow Wilson High School in Chevy Chase.

At a news conference in early August, Assistant Police Chief Peter Newsham would say only that police had identified a suspect and arrested a man near the public pool. Newsham declined to say whether the man who had been arrested was linked to the incidents.

At that time, police had charged Michael Love Peace in a break-in that was said to be domestic in nature. In September, court records show, the 68-year-old Northwest Washington man, also known as Michael B. Gasch, was charged with obscenity.

According to court documents, a 13-year-old reported being followed Aug. 8 by a man in a blue Chevrolet as he walked home from a grocery store in Chevy Chase. While passing a middle school, the documents state, the man offered to drive the boy home. The boy declined, police said, and the man asked whether he had any gay friends.

The boy continued to walk, and the man drove up to him again and offered him a DVD that showed a naked man on the cover, police said.

The boy became afraid, police said, and began to run home. His mother took a photo of the car, with the man sitting inside, which was parked 30 yards from their house, according to court documents.

Later that day, police said, Peace was arrested outside the pool after complaints from children there.

Attorneys for Peace did not return calls for comment. A hearing on a psychiatric report for Peace from St. Elizabeths Hospital is scheduled for Wednesday.

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