LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A Lancaster County man has been charged with exposing himself to Amish women and girls.
Benjamin R. Grafius, 39, of New Holland, admitted he targeted Amish and Mennonites for three months last summer. He told investigators the women and children were “easy targets” who wouldn’t call police, according to the district attorney’s office.
Authorities said Grafius often stopped his vehicle to talk with the victims or smile at them, then exposed himself while performing a lewd act.
The incidents were reported in numerous areas across the county. At least four involved children and at least two happened at roadside market stands. Another victim was in a horse-drawn buggy.
In September, authorities said Grafius attempted to target an off-duty state trooper as she was running in Strasburg Township. The trooper noticed a man who wasn’t wearing pants as she passed his stopped vehicle, but when she looked back, the vehicle was gone.
Grafius was arraigned Friday on four felony counts of unlawful contact with a minor and eight misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure. He has been released on $50,000 unsecured bail.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about similar incidents should contact state police in Lancaster at 717-299-7650.Get breaking news, weather and traffic on the go. Download the ABC 27 News App and the ABC 27 Weather App for your phone or tablet.