New Lenox Man Nabbed In Forest Preserve Sex Sting

Forest Preserve Police are working to stymie a pattern that has developed in which people are having sex at Hammel Woods in Shorewood.

A 55-year-old New Lenox man was charged with public indecency after police found him having sex in the woods, police said. 

According to Tracy Phillips, a lieutenant for the Will County Forest Preserve Police, an undercover officer from the department had been stationed at Hammel Woods in Shorewood on July 26 to investigate a series of complaints about sexual activity occuring in the forest.

Police said Andrew Mekstan, of New Lenox, was having public sex and fled the scene in his truck when police arrived. 

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While racing away, he allegedly drove around a locked forest preserve gate, into a ditch and then into a driveway at a mobile home community, Phillips said.

The truck bottomed out when it hit the asphalt driveway and caused an undetermined amount of damage.  Although police did not catch up Mekstan that day, police said they saw him again Aug. 16 in Hammel Woods.

The undercover operation was still ongoing, and police recognized him. He was arrested then and charged with fleeing or attempting elude a police officer, public indecency and fleeing an accident involving destruction of property.

Mekstan was taken to Will County Jail and posted bail, Phillips said.  

Phillips said seven people were issued tickets for a misdemeanor public indecency violation that day, pointing to and ongoing problem.

The Will County Forest Preserve Police are attempting to grapple with heightened activity in the realm of public indecency.

"We're trying to figure out a way to prevent it from happening," she said. 

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Infamous Steve August 21, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Now I know why I don't see deer anymore...lmao
pro streeter August 22, 2012 at 04:48 PM
That is for sure the case at the Old French Fort, guys parked there all the time, and when you go to actually hike the trail, there are condoms and evidence all over there. I have warned others to just avoid the place, its not worth the time. The fort is only a foundation which is barely visible any more. I would make sure to take a gun if you do go there, some seedy folks hang out there....
Chris August 22, 2012 at 06:56 PM
This bothers me because I frequent the forest and nature preserves daily and never see any sort of active patrol of the preserve. They only react to complaints and never actively make their presence known. The only job the forest preserve police do regularly is unlock the gates in the morning and lock them back up at night. They need to ride bikes, quad-runners, or walk these paths more.
Leslie Williams August 22, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Giggity giggity.
Jimmy Magoo October 11, 2013 at 02:04 PM
Nasty little things......


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