HAYS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) – A father says he’s afraid to let his children outside after he caught his neighbor inappropriately touching himself within sight of his kids.
“Right in this front window of his house,” said Brad Simmons as he walked towards his neighbors home. “The blinds were completely open and the sun was setting and there was just a big spotlight right on him completely nude.”
Simmons says it happened Tuesday afternoon on Dragon Ridge Road just when kids were getting home from school. He was in his driveway with his children when he glanced across the street to his neighbor’s home.
“He’s standing in his window completely nude and masturbating for the world to see,” said Simmons. “It’s just disgusting.”
Hays County deputies were called to the neighborhood after people said he was caught twice in a matter of hours. On Thursday afternoon, deputies arrested 63-year-old Ricky Oaks, charging him with six counts of public lewdness and one felony count for indecency with a child in the form of exposure.
Simmons says when he first saw Oaks, there were children playing in front yards within eyesight.
Simmons says he immediately called the Hays County Sheriff’s Office. Before deputies arrived, Simmons says Oaks returned to the window for a second time and began to remove his clothes.
“At that time I kind of snapped and ran over here to confront him, yelling at him to stop it,” said Simmons. After that, Simmons says Oaks closed his blinds.
“I couldn’t have predicted this in a million years,” said Ross Lueck who lives next door to Oaks. Lueck says he was so comfortable with Oaks, he and his kids have swam with Oaks in his backyard pool and even invited him over for holidays.
“I mean, there was a time when I would have let them babysit my kids. Who knows what would have happened?” said Lueck.
But knowing what they know now, and expecting him to bond out of jail, neighbors say their sense of peace has changed.
“Unfortunately we are going to have to keep our kids indoors more than we had already planned on. It’s going to be different,” said Lueck. “I know it’s already a cynical world we live in, but don’t trust anybody and verify everything.”
Oaks was booked into the Hays County Jail on Thursday, according to online records a bond has yet to be set. We checked public records and Oaks appears to have no criminal history and is not a registered sex offender in Texas.
The Texas Department of Public Safety makes it easy to learn if you live near a registered sex offender. They’re posted on a statewide database you can look up through an address or scroll around an online map. Each offender is labeled for their crime and risk for repeat offenses.
A registered offender must provide local law enforcement with their name, address, a color photograph and the offense they were convicted of.