BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A Birmingham man who was charged with indecent exposure and resisting arrest at Samford University had been arrested on similar charges at the University of Alabama five months ago, police said.
Richard Hightower, 37, has been jailed in Homewood all week. Homewood Police Chief Phil Dodd told The Birmingham News Friday that Hightower had previously served four years in a Mississippi prison on felony convictions of indecent exposure on another person's property and auto burglary.
University of Alabama spokeswoman Cathy Andreen told the newspaper Hightower was also arrested Nov. 1 on that campus. He was charged with indecent exposure, sexual abuse, public lewdness, criminal trespassing, receiving stolen property and resisting arrest, Andreen said.
Homewood plainclothes officers have worked at Samford at times for two years because of reports that a man was photographing female students through their windows, Dodd said.
He said police filled three vans from Hightower's apartment with 10,000 CDs, gift cards made out to other people and cameras and computer equipment.