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Ridgewood Man Charged with Lewdness at Lemonade Stand

Sean Malone, 46, allegedly attempted to expose himself to children in Glen Rock on Friday.

A 46-year-old Ridgewood man is facing lewdness charges for attempting to in Glen Rock before fleeing when confronted by an adult, police said.

Three girls under the age of 13 were selling lemonade at the corner of Harristown and Highland roads when at around 3:15 p.m. a man in a white Toyota Siena approached them, according to Glen Rock Police Department Det. James Calaski 

Sean Malone, 46, of Prospect Street in Ridgewood, "argued with the girls for not using 'recyclable cups' and asked that they come to his vehicle so that he could use his own metal cup," Calaski said.

A woman supervising the girls was reportedly disturbed by the suspect's tone, approached the vehicle and "noticed his genitals were exposed," police claim.

A witness quickly moved the girls away from the suspect, who fled the scene.

Armed with a description of the suspect's vehicle and registration provided by a witness, police were able to track Malone to his Ridgewood home at around 11 p.m., according to Calaski.

Ridgewood police assisted in the arrest. Charged with lewdness, a fourth degree crime, Malone was remanded to Bergen County Jail on $10,000 bail, with no 10 percent option.

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Ridgewooder August 19, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Overreacted? Just what was he planning to do to those girls if somebody hadn't stepped in???
Ridgewooder August 19, 2012 at 02:16 AM
The safety of our children vs. sick pervert with a sob story...hmmm...Lock him up forever and throw away the key.
Lauren Imbruglia August 19, 2012 at 09:09 AM
Why has no one mentioned that perhaps this guy SHOULDN'T BE DRIVING with a traumatic brain injury that has impaired him to the point of personality & judgement issues?????
Connors August 19, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Thank you lauren!! Exactly what i was thinking. I cant stand the fact that our kids cant have a lemonade stand in our upscale, "safe" neighborhoods without worrying about this crap happening. Who cares if he was in accident. If he can operate a car, and was slick enough to call to call the girls over with his green plea, then he knows well enough not to be exposing himself!!! Who knows how it would have escalated had the adult not interrupted him!?!?!
Micheal Miller August 19, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Shirtless mug shot? Priceless. This guy needs to be locked up for the safty of the community.
Zac Segal August 20, 2012 at 05:27 AM
He harassed me in Paramus Goodwill last week and I thought I was gonna have to clean his clock.
John Hahn August 20, 2012 at 11:00 AM
As a dad and a person who has lived in the area most of my life it is sad to read of this event. Sad for the young girls having an adventure of a lemonade stand - I try to support everyone I see. Sad for a man who may have had a brain injury at a younger age who now does lewd and inappropriate behavior. To those who call for him to be sent away for ever or monitored constantly I ask who pays for prison, or 24/7 monitoring. We are in a age when people want education for their children but do not want to pay the cost. We have groups of people calling for less government on all levels. We have elected officials eliminating the medical safety net. We all know 'We the people' pay for these services. Yet some of the commenters would no doubt howl if taxes went up a penny to pay for the care of person who obviously needs it. I hope this incident won't put a damper on future lemonade stands by our younger residents.
Me August 20, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Why would you throw away the key? What if there's a fire and you need to get him out? You would let him burn? Would you really want that on your conscience? That's sick. Almost as sick as this guy.
Andrew J August 20, 2012 at 02:31 PM
If there's record of Ridgewood police knowing about this person and routinely letting him get away with crimes then I hope the dept is willing to assume some liability for his next offense. This man needs help and should be supervised for his and everyone's safety. I can only imagine what would have happened to him had the dads been there instead of a mom. The situation could have been much worse for everyone involved.
John Hahn August 20, 2012 at 02:35 PM
at what cost to the taxpayer?
Q August 20, 2012 at 03:12 PM
I would not have believed how myopic and banal the entire blog is if I hadnt read them. It is a sad confirmation of the scope of today's thinkers, or hopefully a small sampling.
Zac Segal August 20, 2012 at 04:45 PM
I think he's a pedophile sex offender. He should be prosecuted and if convicted, he could use a little jail time to cool his heels and help him understand the
Zac Segal August 20, 2012 at 04:46 PM
consequences of creepy behavior.
Steve R August 20, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Sean was a real problem well before the moped accident, where he received the head trauma. Then he used that as an excuse for causing problems for years after - including violent behavior. He should have been taken off the streets years ago!
Jconors August 21, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Thx steve. That was clear thru the entire course of events that day.
Andrew J August 21, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Yes, thanks Steve. Strange that his bad behavior is attributed to head trauma yet he has enough understanding to drive, engage in conversation with these girls, lure them to his car, and know enough to escape. Sounds like a sicko who should be off the streets. I also agree with Zac S. This perp sounds more like a sick pedophile trying to play victim and get away with it.
Steve R August 21, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Sadly, he's had about 30 years of practice "playing the victim card", and unfortunately, the RPD has been enabling this behavior the whole time. You have to wonder... what was it going to take - a rape or murder charge - for the authorities to take seriously the threat he poses? If Sean walks from this one with a slap on the wrist, it can be chalked up to a spoiled rich kid buying his way out of yet another situation. By the way...I remember that he and his brother Vinnie (no documented head trauma) used to walk around looking for kids to beat up, just for fun. This was before and after the accident. I think their gene pool needs some chlorine...
ChrispyNJ August 22, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Interesting comments about this guy above. Sorry he had a head trauma, but jeez, it sounds like he has been a menace for a long time in that area. Enough is enough! I think the days of allowing our children to set up lemonade stands on the street are over. There are too many sickos out there and if you can't be outside with them while they are selling their lemonade, then they shouldn't be out there.
viking August 23, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Natty Bumppo(?), your comment refers to what? Need we say more?
tom antonacchio August 24, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Yep!
Martin Walker August 26, 2012 at 03:37 AM
This is a tragic and thoroughly avoidable event, as evidenced by the range of commentaries being shared here. The worst possible outcome would be a collective hysteria that made lemonade stands a thing of the past. It should already be obvious that no children too young to address such situation should be doing ANYTHING without adult supervision, as was the case here. If this individual has been given " a pass" before for inappropriate behavior, there has been a failure to understand that head injuries cause disinhibition. The combination of psychological disinhibition and lenience is a menace to society. More generally, we are locally suffering from a lack of community caused by the transient nature of many neighborhoods. If folks simply good the time to get to know each other a little better, things like this would never happen because well connected human communities quite naturally nip this kind of behavior in the bud.
Doc Brown August 27, 2012 at 05:34 PM
check out that pedophile mustache
howard sterling August 28, 2012 at 03:08 PM
he's a pervert and a coward he baits people into wating to hit him then cries like a baby that he;s being targeted i've had dealings with him for years.
howard sterling August 28, 2012 at 03:13 PM
amen he's been using it as an excuse he takes no responsibilty with his actions he's always being picked on he is a danger
ken bogner September 01, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Unfortunately he was out of jail almost right away.He's telling everyone it's all a lie.I wish the people from now on who are harrassed by him will call police and PRESS CHARGES EVERYTIME! It will make the policemans job alot easier,I know they would have liked it if people did before.
Bill Grae September 04, 2012 at 02:51 AM
Moral of the story: the complacency that is rampant in our community should be carefully mitigated. Not abandoned - we don't need bars on our windows - but folks in this area need to wake up to the reality that events like this do not only happen in other area codes. When i used to go out on photography assignments for the Ridgewood News, I was always flabbergasted that very few parents ever bothered to look at me twice when I was wandering around - at street festivals, Graydon Pool, Citizens' Park etc - photographing their kids. True, there were always plenty of folks who recognized me, and I always went out of my way to introduce myself. And, well, I probably don't give off the "creep" vibe most of the time. But still, there I was with a huge lens, a big black camera, a pudgy middle-aged guy at Graydon Pool photographing kids in bathing suits - two years running - and no one gave me a second look. I usually had to seek out parents to introduce myself and let them know that their son or daughter might be appearing in the newspaper. The few times parents wanted to know who the heck I was, and why I was photographing their child, it was almost a relief to explain. Folks really need to wake up here.
tourretes guy September 09, 2012 at 02:53 AM
whack job
tourretes guy September 09, 2012 at 02:54 AM
what a nut
Law sucks February 06, 2013 at 02:56 AM
He is now stalking my mother. He was a home health aide to my mothers patient. Very scary. He needs supervision ASAP. We have contacted the authorities already. It's sad really and a shame the law waits for something more severe to happen before they put people like this away for good.
Andrew J February 06, 2013 at 07:44 PM
Law, Did the authorities take your complaint seriously? This guy needs to be dealt with before he does serious harm to people in our community.

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