Santa Rosa Police Arrest Registered Sex Offender Suspected Of Public Masturbation

SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) — A registered sex offender and parolee at large was arrested Sunday after he allegedly exposed himself to a group of adults and children, Santa Rosa police said.

James Edward Canada, a 49-year-old transient, was arrested today on suspicion of parole violation and indecent exposure, according to Sgt. Lisa Banayat.

He is suspected of approaching a group of adults and children on the 600 block of Polk Street around 11:30 a.m., pulling his pants down and masturbating in front of them, Banayat said.

A witness followed him, saw him attempting to hide in a rear yard on the 100 block of Boyce Street and provided police with a detailed description.

Canada was located following a search with police dogs in the back yard of a house on the 100 block of West Eighth Street, Banayat said.

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