St. Peters man exposed himself to victims for “shock factor”

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ST. PETERS, MO (KTVI) - A close call for a jogger attacked on a St. Peters trail.  Authorities say what we're learning about accused attacker should serve as a warning for everyone.  We've obtained court documents which say the suspect admitted to this attack and to exposing himself to other victims for what he called a "shock factor."

Dennis Conlin, 26, of St. Peters, is in the St. Charles County Jail on charges of kidnapping, attempted sexual abuse, and assault.  He`s accused of throwing a 19-year-old female jogger to the ground on the trail behind the St. Peters Rec Plex Thursday;  and running off after she screamed and he begged her not to tell police.

Police released a composite sketch.  Tips from the public pointed police to Conlin. Investigators found the sunglasses and cap from the sketch in his home.

Conlin was convicted of making sexual advances toward young girls in 2007 and also assuming the internet identity of a 14-year-old after she died to solicit child pornography.  Police praise the victim of this most recent crime saying she did everything right.  She screamed, made noise, distanced herself.  She did what she needed to do to get out of that situation.

Conlin was also convicted of federal child pornography charges.  He just got out of prison in November.  Police also recovered pornographic videos and journals on Conlin`s thoughts about sex in his home. His bond is now set at $250,000 - cash only.