HENRYVILLE, IN (WAVE) – More than a dozen people were either cited or arrested after an undercover sting at a southern Indiana state park.
Indiana Department of Natural Resource conservation officers said recently they've received several complaints about public indecency and drug use going on in broad daylight at Clark State Forest, so they went undercover and that's exactly what they found.
Clark County Prosecutor Steve Stewart said conservation officers set up an undercover sting to try to catch criminals in action.
"I would never fathom that anyone around here would be at this park doing this," said Joshua Pierson, who came to the park with his family.
Other park goers weren't that shocked. "It doesn't surprise me, I mean you walk around here and you see some odd individuals that seem to just drive around for no particular reason at all," said James Jordan.
It didn't take long for those undercover cops to come in contact with Sonny McIntosh, 38.
"In two different instances they were approached by people who made sexual advances to them in," said Stewart. "One even so bold to grab his groin area."
McIntosh was arrested and charged with public indecency and battery. Court documents state Allen Howard, 57, even warned an uncover officer that these type of sting operations were going on. Officers said he then starting touching himself and was arrested and charged with public indecency.
A day later, two people were picked up after investigators say they were having sex in a car and smoking marijuana.
In all DNR arrested six people, and 13 others were cited. "It is hopeful that the efforts by the conservation officers will help clean the area up," said Stewart.
Those arrested have since bonded of out of jail. They are due back in court next week.
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