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Cottonwood man arrested after allegedly exposing himself to 10-, 11-year-old children

Cody John Shanks

Cody John Shanks

COTTONWOOD — A man was arrested after Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputies were told he exposed himself to children multiple times in Cottonwood.

Cody John Shanks, 29, who lives in the 4600 block of South Pinto Trail in Cottonwood, was arrested on two felony counts of Indecent exposure to a child younger than 15. He has since been released on a $25,000 bond.

On Friday, Jan. 10, at about 3:15 PM, a parent called the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office to report that her 10-year-old daughter was exiting a school bus in the same block of South Pinto Trail where Shanks lives and allegedly saw a man masturbating.

The child said the man exposed genitals in a nearby front yard.

As deputies were responding to the call, they received another notification from the mother of an 11-year-old child who was also on the bus and saw the same man masturbating.

During an interview with the 11-year-old girl, deputies learned she saw this man masturbating about two weeks ago as she got off the bus. She did not tell anyone at that time.

Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District made changes on Tuesday "to the bus stops on this route and have added additional personnel on this bus to keep a watchful eye," Superintendent Steve King stated Wednesday in a news release.

"Our partners with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office will also be increasing patrols during school transportation hours," King stated. "Student safety is always our highest priority."

King encouraged anyone with any questions or concerns to contact him at 928-634-2288, Ext. 1144 or contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department.

YCSO had received a previous report from the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District on December 20, 2019, regarding similar activity, which was under investigation.

Deputies, based on their knowledge of the patrol area, identified the suspect as Shanks.

Saturday, deputies located Shanks at a building supply company in Cottonwood where he works. He was arrested and admitted to his actions in front of the children but refused to explain his motivation.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or through the YCSO website, ycsoaz.gov.

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