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Police officer allegedly exposed himself to teenage girls

August 12, 2009 |  8:33 am

An off-duty Santa Barbara police officer has been arrested for allegedly exposing himself and masturbating in front of two teenage girls at Refugio State Beach campground.

Brian Sawicki, 33, ran when the girls pointed him out Monday to a park ranger, according to an account from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department. The ranger subdued him after a chase.

He was arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure, resisting a peace officer and annoying or molesting a child.

The Santa Barbara Police Department has placed Sawicki on administrative leave.

-- Steve Chawkins