La Quinta man arrested after alleged indecent exposure

LA QUINTA — A man was arrested after allegedly exposing himself to a woman Tuesday morning, Oct. 30. The incident that led to the man’s arrest happened on the 77500 block of Calle Tecate, in the La Quinta Cove area.


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Deputies assigned to La Quinta Police Station responded to the report incident shortly after 8:30 a.m., Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Robert Bishop said after the man’s apprehension.

Arthur James Dean was arrested yesterday after allegedly exposing himself to a woman in the La Quinta Cove community. RSO booking photo

The woman who reported the incident told investigating deputies she was walking in the area “when a subject in a vehicle pulled up next to her and lewdly exposed himself,” Bishop explained.

The victim provided deputies with the suspect’s description, as well as his vehicle description and license plate number.

Based on the vehicle description and license number provided by the victim, deputies responded to the alleged suspect’s residence on Avenida Martinez, just a half-mile from where the alleged incident occurred, at which time they contacted and later arrested Arthur James Dean, 35, of La Quinta.

He was later booked into Indio Jail on suspicion of indecent exposure. Jail records indicate Dean was cited and released within hours of his arrest and he is scheduled to be arraigned at Indio Larson Justice Center Dec. 20.

Riverside Superior Court records indicate Dean was arrested and convicted for possession of a controlled substance in 2005 and was placed on 36 months formal probation for that charge. Other than traffic related cases, Dean has no other known Riverside County cases.

Anyone with additional information about this incident or others is encouraged to contact Deputy Corona at the Thermal Sheriff’s Station at (760) 863-8990. Callers can refer to incident file number LA183030022 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.


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Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 28 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 14 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.