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UPDATE: Westport flasher arrested, faces judge

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By: Rebecca Turco

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FALL RIVER, M.A. (WLNE) — An Acushnet man faced a judge in Fall River District Court on Monday, pleading not guilty to some disturbing charges.

Westport Police say Philip Lafond repeatedly flashed a man on the Brookside Conservation Trail Thursday afternoon.

Lafond shouted at the unidentified victim, while masturbating and demanding he perform sexual acts.

"The complainant repeatedly told the male following him that no, he was not interested," said prosecutors. 

But officials say Lafond would not take 'no' for an answer.

"In order to get away from Mr. Lafond, the complainant, who at that time was in fear of what Mr. Lafond would do, had to jump off a bridge as Mr. Lafond was blocking his means of egress out of the conservation area," added prosecutors. 

Police say Lafond called the department Friday night, telling police he knew they were looking for him, but he was in Blackstone Valley camping, and suddenly hung up the phone.

Authorities eventually tracked down an address on Sanford Road, where he had been living with his girlfriend, and executed a high-risk search warrant with a SWAT team early Monday morning around 4:40 a.m.

Lafond was not home, but later turned himself in.

The 53-year-old has a criminal record, wrapping up a 10-year supervised release out of Rhode Island for assault with a dangerous weapon.

Lafond is being held on $5,000 cash bail and post bail he'll be on home confinement.

He's scheduled to appear back in court in September.

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