By Sabina Mollot
Cops are looking for a man with a lengthy history of arrests for flashing women on the subway (as well as other crimes) who they say was up to his old tricks recently.
One of the incidents was at the 28th Street R subway station, where the man, who police suspect is serial subway flasher Kenneth Hoyt, exposed himself before moving on to another train later. There were also two other incidents downtown.
Cops said the man was wearing a long shirt and sneakers, but no pants, when he sat down near a 32-year-old woman on the R train on the morning of August 16 and exposed his crotch. The victim got out at 28th Street but he stayed on the train. A few hours later, at 4 p.m., police believe Hoyt did the same thing as he sat across from a 29-year-old woman on the R train. She got off the train near Murray Street but he stayed on. The most recent known incident was on September 5, when Hoyt allegedly lifted his shirt to expose himself to a 40-year-old woman on the R train near Murray Street.
Following news of these incidents, a Stuyvesant Town woman told Town & Village she too was victimized by Hoyt a decade ago. The woman, who was 28 at the time, recalled being traumatized by him after he sat down next to her and exposed himself. She reported the incident, and while she said police were very helpful, the case was dropped, because of paperwork being filed late by the district attorney.
There were other, similar incidents reported in 2006 and Hoyt was also charged with stalking teen girls in Los Angeles in 2009.
One article, in the Daily News, said Hoyt, who was a porn actor at the time, was picked up by police at his home in Hollywood. By then he was a registered sex offender in California, New York and Nevada.
Hoyt has been a registered sex offender since 1987, when he was convicted for having sex with a 13-year-old girl, according to CBS New York.
“The DA’s office missed the filing deadline and let all the victims, including underage children down,” the Stuy Town woman, who asked that her name not be used, said. “I hope when he is finally arrested the D.A.’s office takes the case more seriously this time.”
A spokesperson for the D.A. said that case was sealed and therefore she couldn’t comment on it.
Hoyt has 16 prior arrests known to the NYPD, some sealed, ranging from aggravated harassment (stalking) to public lewdness. The most recent arrest was on January 27, 2014 regarding extradition procedure, which is the process in which a fugitive is transferred to one area for another for court processing.