Washington Co. Sheriff's Office

On Tuesday, May 7, 2024, Sheriff’s Office deputies serving the City of Cornelius responded to reports of inappropriate behavior by a man inside the city library. The concerning information involved a man seen masturbating at a table in an area where minors were present. Staff from the library contacted the police. 

Investigators gained access to video footage depicting inappropriate behavior on May 1, 2024, by the man in close proximity to minors. There is concern that multiple victims were in view of public indecency. 

The man, identified as 30-year-old Aaron Leap, was located on May 8, 2024, and taken into custody. Leap was transported to the Washington County Jail and lodged on the following charges: felony public indecency, probation violation for public indecency, and failure to appear in the second degree. 

Investigators believe there are victims, yet to come forward, who may have witnessed Leap’s inappropriate behavior. If you were in the Cornelius City Library on May 1, 2024, at or around 4:45 p.m. and witnessed Leap in a state of self-gratification, please contact non-emergency dispatch at 503-629-0111. 

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