WJAC 6 News - Search Results
Man who killed himself had history of indecent exposure
By: Maria Miller
BERLIN, Pa. -- Authorities in Somerset have confirmed that the man they believe exposed himself to young boys at Walmart earlier this month is dead.
They're not saying how he died or why they believe he was their prime suspect, but at the same time authorities are investigating a suicide that happened when state police showed up at a house in Berlin.
Police have not confirmed the two cases are connected but they happened around the same time and when a 6 News crew looked into the past of the man who took his life, they found he had a very similar and disturbing history of indecent exposure.
According to a state police report sent to 6 News, Joseph Deem killed himself inside his Berlin home on Sunday as troopers showed up to interview him. Police said there is currently an internal investigation into that incident, but haven't yet said why they were there in the first place except that it was part of another investigation.
On Tuesday, authorities confirmed the man they believe exposed himself to boys inside the Somerset Walmart earlier this month was dead. They have not confirmed that Deem was their suspect in that case, but 6 News looked into his history and found several charges and two convictions for similar activity.
In 2012, a Maryland newspaper reported Deem was arrested at a LaVale Walmart when an off-duty trooper saw him exposing himself to young boys inside the store. Video surveillance reportedly showed him following boys into the bathroom on numerous occasions.
According to Maryland records, Deem pleaded guilty a few months later and was sentenced to two years in jail -- a sentence that was suspended a month later.
Also in 2012 Deem was charged in Somerset for open lewdness and indecent exposure.
It's a story 6 News reported after Deem was accused of showing his genitals to young children inside his car as he worked as a pizza delivery driver. At the time Deem told police that he never exposed himself intentionally, but said he was diabetic. Constantly needing to relieve himself. And on occasion would do so into a bottle inside his car.
He later pleaded guilty to open lewdness in Somerset court and was placed on probation.