Kamloops RCMP is reviewing procedures for alerting the public after the Monday arrest of a 29-year-old Alberta man accused of indecent acts was not reported until after 8 a.m. Tuesday.
The man was spotted at 11:30 a.m. on Monday in a car with his pants down making lewd gestures near Lloyd George elementary school, but he did not make contact with students and soon drove off.
Using a description of the car, police were able to make an arrest on the North Shore at 3 p.m.
Cpl. Cheryl Bush said the confusion resulted from police not knowing that the media had been informed of the incident through a note to parents sent home with students.
Police generally prefer not to make such incidents public right away, because they fear the suspect will be alerted to the fact that they are looking for him and will take extra precautions to evade arrest.
RCMP understand that parents may have been unduly worried by the belief that the suspect was still at large, and steps are being taken to ensure this situation is not repeated, Bush said.
"RCMP will be recommending charges in relation to the indecent act,” she added.