NEW: West Palm man accused of exposing himself to child


A West Palm Beach man is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail after he allegedly exposed himself to a 4-year-old child, according to an arrest report.

Richard Mazzie, 57, is facing a charge of lewd and lascivious behavior and will make a bond appearance in court Tuesday.

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The child’s father was in his backyard Saturday when he witnessed Mazzie standing on the other side of a fence with his pants around his ankles and touching himself inappropriately, according to an arrest report. Mazzie was allegedly facing the child, who was seated in a chair in the backyard.

The child’s father yelled at Mazzie and threw a metal rake at him, causing him to run away, the report said.

Mazzie admitted to West Palm Beach police he had his pants down because “he wanted to check to see” if he needed to use the bathroom, according to the report.

Asked about his alleged lewd actions, Mazzie told police, “I may have done that years ago, but not today.”

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Records show that Mazzie has been arrested five times in Palm Beach County since 1998 for alleged sex offenses including indecent exposure and lewd conduct in the presence of a minor. All of those cases, except his most recent arrest, were dismissed or not filed by the State Attorney’s Office.

Mazzie was arrested in September 2003 for failing to register as a sex offender and spent one month in jail, but the case was eventually dropped. Mazzie is not currently a registered sex offender, records show.

Mazzie lives about three blocks from the home where he allegedly exposed himself.

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