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Authorities: Martinsville sex offender could be linked to disappearance of Lauren Spierer, others

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MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (Jan. 28, 2016)-- Justin Wagers of Martinsville may now be a suspect in the disappearance of several women, including Lauren Spierer.

His family’s home was searched Thursday and cadaver dogs had a hit on the property, but sources say investigators found nothing. Wagers is currently behind bars after being arrested more than half a dozen times since 2001.

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He was charged in 2001 with four counts of public indecency after several women reported he had exposed himself and masturbated in public. In 2002, while he was still on probation for indecent exposure police say he pulled his pants down and fondled himself in front of middle school girls at a Martinsville bus stop.

In 2004, police say Wagers exposed and fondled himself in front a teen girl near Mooresville High School. Months later he was sentenced to three years on sexual gratification charges. Then in 2013, Wagers was arrested three times for public indecency, invasion of privacy, and intimidation charges.

He also knocked on a woman’s door in Johnson County without pants on in August 2015. He was quickly arrested and sentenced to two years behind bars.

Police say there are several other open cases across central Indiana that Wagers could be connected to.

Wagers' attorney issued the following statement Thursday night:

Mr. Wagers has no knowledge regarding the disappearance of Lauren Spierer or any other missing person. The family has no further comment at this time.”