Police: Man arrested after exposing himself to Louisville Ballet dancers


by Adam Walser


Posted on October 11, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 12 at 12:13 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A “peeping Tom” accused of harassing dancers at the Louisville Ballet - has been arrested.

Police say Walter Johnson exposed himself in front of dancers and was caught peering in the windows of the ballet studio. As ballerinas practiced their dance routines at the Louisville Ballet studio, they frequently had an unwelcome audience - 46-year-old Johnson.

“It did get to the point where enough was enough,” Louisville Ballet Spokesperson Cara Hicks said.

Johnson was arrested Wednesday for allegedly performing a sex act while peeking in a studio window.

“It started to heighten a few weeks ago. He was getting more aggressive with some of our staff,” Hicks said. “He was becoming more aggressive with some of our dancers inside the building just through the windows alone. And we started to fear for the safety of our dancers. “

Since 2005, Johnson has been booked into Metro Corrections on 132 charges, most involving alcohol, sex offenses or disorderly conduct.

Employees at the East Market Street Jimmy John's say Johnson is a frequent annoyance.

“Bothering the customers, touching himself. The whole deal,” Jimmy John’s manager Jason Ferguson said. “We'd just like to try to get him out of the neighborhood. “

Over the summer, Johnson was charged with exposing himself during a blood drive in the parking lot of this downtown office.

He allegedly attacked a guard and exposed himself to customers at a supermarket.

And back in August, a police report says that Johnson approached a woman at Waterfront Park, telling her he wanted to have sex with her. When she told him to go away, he allegedly grabbed her private parts.

So why is he not in jail? Nearly every time he goes to court, charges are dismissed, since he's considered incompetent.

The latest arrest involves a felony charge, so ballet employees are hopeful Johnson will spend at least some time in jail before being released.

He's scheduled to be arraigned on the most recent charges on Oct. 31.