Sex Offender Arrested After Peeping in on Holy Cross Residents
INDIANAPOLIS -- A registered sex offender recently released from prison is back in prison after neighbors in the Holy Cross Neighborhood caught him peeping into windows and exposing himself.
For weeks, residents of the Holy Cross Neighborhood have been reporting a man was looking into their windows. The man was caught on a home surveillance camera peeping into a window with his pants down at least once. Two women also reported the man had exposed himself to them.
That man was later identified 39-year-old Harlan Graves. He is a registered sex offender with a criminal history that goes back decades, including a 2000 conviction for child molestation.
Court records show he pleaded guilty in June 2016 to failure to register as a sex offender and was sentenced to two years in prison. He was released on parole on Dec. 18 of last year.
"It helped a lot because we had videos, we had descriptions, people were very vigilant about catching this guy," said one resident.
The incidents became so frequent that residents formed their own neighborhood watch groups to walk the area at night and put a stop to it.
"We had people walking the streets at night which really helped put people at ease," said another resident.
Not long after police were notified, Graves was arrested on a preliminary charge of voyeurism and booked into the Marion County Jail.
One of the residents gave advice to members of any neighborhood in case they happen to deal with someone like Graves in the future.
"Unite and be strong with each other," the resident said.