Deputies arrest suspect they say committed lewd act near UCF

Suspect could be connected to similar incidents in other jurisdictions

By Troy Campbell - Reporter

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Orange County sheriff's detectives have arrested a 23-year-old man accused of exposing himself at a parking garage near the University of Central Florida on Thursday, and officials say he could be connected to other incidents.

A 911 caller reported someone was on the third floor of the parking garage at Plaza on University committing a lewd act Thursday morning.

Deputies said Thursday evening that they had arrested Sean Ryan Timothy Garrity after finding him at the scene when they arrived and bringing him in for questioning.

Orange County sex crime detectives found probable cause to arrest Garrity on a count of exposure of a sexual organ.

Authorities said it is possible he is the suspect in additional cases in several other jurisdictions.

Earlier this month, UCF police and Seminole County Sheriff's Office officials said a man accused of committing lewd acts on campus since 2015 is being sought by authorities.

Before Thursday, deputies said the most recent incident happened at 3:45 a.m. Oct. 28 while the victim was in a parking garage for Station of Alafaya, a student apartment complex in unincorporated Oviedo.

A UCF student, who asked to not be identified, said she was leaving her apartment Thursday​ morning when she saw a man exposing himself.

"When I got to the third floor, I noticed a man between two cars," the student said. "I immediately turned the corner and looked back and took another take, and I was, like, 'Wow, he's really doing that.' So I called UCF police, because I knew they would probably get here the fastest, since it's right across the street."

The student said she was aware of recent similar incidents, so she called law enforcement immediately.

"I knew they were following a case where a man was doing similar acts near campus, so I called them and they were really quick to respond," the student said.

The student said she spoke with detectives and was asked to identify Garrity in the back of a patrol car.

"Luckily, I was in the safety of my vehicle and not walking by, because then it might have been a different story," the student said.

Anyone who has any information in regards to the incidents involving this suspect is asked to contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Office at 407-836-4357.

Deputies say Sean Garrity, 23, is possibly connected to other lewd acts committed around Central Florida.

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