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Albany sex offender arrested for public lewdness

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ALBANY, N.Y. - An Albany sex offender has been arrested again by Albany Police for an alleged act of stalking and public lewdness on Saturday.

The Albany Police Department had previously arrested 38-year-old Titus Jenkins in April 2012 for exposing himself to four children on a school bus.

Jenkins was then arrested in April of this year for two incidents of public lewdness, one on April 4th and one on April 10th. In both cases, police say he exposed himself and began to masturbate in front of female victims.

At that time, he was also charged with failing to register himself as a sex offender, a felony, and offering of false instrument for filing another address than the one police believe he was residing in. After that arrest, Jenkins posted bail and was released.

The April 2013 case was pending when he was arrested this past Saturday on an additional charge of public lewdness, stalking, criminal contempt, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana.

Police say Jenkins exposed himself on Morton Avenue around 6:20 a.m. Saturday in front of a 44-year-old female victim while walking down the street. The victim reported the incident to police and Jenkins was observed fleeing between homes on Morton Avenue. An officer chased him on foot and placed him under arrest.

Jenkins, currently of 51 Broad Street, has a lifetime registration as a level three sex offender stemming from charges of rape and sodomy involving a 15-year-old female in Albany in 1999.

Jenkins is currently in Albany County Jail on $30,000 bail.

An assistant DA says the problem is in the wording of the statue for public lewdness and this recent case is highlighting a need for change. A proposed law would bump public lewdness up to a misdemeanor and increase the time behind bars for anyone who reoffends within a year.

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