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DNR officials investigate illegal sexual activity at state park


BELMONT (WKOW) -- Authorities have arrested one person in connection with what they call illegal sexual activity at a state park in Lafayette County.

Since August, Department of Natural Resources officials have been investigating reports of illegal sexual activities in the bathrooms, trails and in parked cars at Belmont State Park. 

It's a small park with no full-time staff, but DNR officials say it gets about 300 visitors a month. In this case, some of those visitors are witnesses to the crime, calling authorities to report illegal activity.

"When we receive information concerning unsafe or illegal activities we take that very seriously and we verify that information and take appropriate actions," says Paul Zajackowski, a DNR program manager. "We take visitor safety as a very high priority in the state park system."
DNR officials say investigators found posts on Craigslist, citing the park as a meeting place for "adult interaction".
With the help of several local law enforcement agencies, officials have stepped up patrol and arrested one person last week.
The DNR didn't elaborate on the nature of the illegal activity in the park--or who was arrested-- but officials say that suspect faces possible sexual assault charges, to be determined by the Lafayette County Attorney's Office.
Authorities will continue monitoring the area to ensure illicit activity does not persist.
Belmont Police Chief Kurt Malott tells 27 News public sexual activity is out of the ordinary in the area. He says he's confident there is no safety threat to the public.


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