A 72-year-old convicted sex offender who allegedly exposed himself to a 5-year-old girl in a store in Palm Desert will stand trial on indecent exposure and other felony charges, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Roger David Faber of Sky Valley is accused of exposing himself to the girl on Aug. 17, 2017, at Dick’s Sporting Goods at the Westfield Palm Desert mall, one week after being discharged from parole following time served in prison for a similar crime at a Target store in La Quinta.

Sheriff’s deputies say that at about 1:30 p.m., the girl told her mother and deputies that a man inside the store showed her his “front bottom spot,” which deputies corroborated by reviewing store surveillance footage, according to an arrest warrant declaration.

Faber was allegedly seen in the footage trailing the girl and her mother through the store. He then began “manipulating the front (groin) area of his pants” while the girl was facing him, then exposing himself to her, causing the girl to hide behind her mother, who was at a nearby clothing rack, the declaration states. Tattoos on his forearms aided deputies in positively identifying him, according to the court document.

Faber, who had been discharged from parole on Aug. 10, pleaded guilty in 2007 to charges related to exposing himself and brushing his genitals up against young girls at a La Quinta Target store, the declaration states.

He was arrested Aug. 24 on Pacific Coast Highway in Torrance, according to jail records.

Faber was being held in lieu of $1 million bail and is set to return to court March 21 for a post-preliminary hearing arraignment.

–City News Service

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