Academy chaplain won't be charged in alleged exposures, police say

September 14, 1996|By JoAnna Daemmrich | JoAnna Daemmrich,SUN STAFF

Annapolis police have decided against charging a Naval Academy chaplain who had been put on leave while police investigated allegations that he exposed himself at a department store.

Police had said that a man identified as Lt. Cmdr. Peter Tokar Jr. was videotaped by a store security camera while allegedly exposing himself to several girls at a Value City on the outskirts of Annapolis.

A security guard monitoring shoppers noticed a man behaving suspiciously while shopping on Aug. 31 and videotaped him, according to the police report.

But after reviewing and trying to magnify the videotape, detectives could not determine whether the man had exposed himself to the girls.

"It is not clear from the tape," said Sgt. Robert Beans, a police spokesman.

The matter has been turned over to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, he said. Annapolis police have not closed their investigation because they still are "trying to identify witnesses on the tape who could have possibly seen something," he said.

Tokar, a Baptist minister, had been serving as a chaplain at the academy since early this summer.

Reached at home in Annapolis last night, Tokar's wife said he had no comment and was referring questions to his lawyer. His lawyer could not be reached.

It was unclear whether Tokar would immediately resume his duties. An academy spokesman, Capt. Tom Jurkowsky, said last night that "no decisions have been made."

Pub Date: 9/14/96

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