Shortly after midnight Tuesday, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy Karl Vertner was southbound on Hwy 101 near the intersection of S. Otter Crest Loop when he observed an adult male with his pants and underwear around his feet in an act of exposing his genitalia to the public’s view for self gratification. Deputy Vertner activated his vehicle’s emergency lights to effect a stop but the subject fled on foot down a beach path.
A thermal imager was deployed by deputies at the scene to assist in locating the subject in darkness and brushy terrain.
At 1:35am the Thermal Imager identified a heat source down a brushy ravine near the 6800 Block of S. Otter Crest Loop. Deputies verbally challenged the heat source and the male suspect emerged from the brush. Deputies took 26 year old Grant Thomas Eason of Newport, Oregon into custody.
Mr. Eason was transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he was lodged on one count of Public indecency. In addition he was found to be a sex offender who had moved without notifying local authorities of his change of address. His bail was set at $65,000.