Lakewood school warns parents about man harassing students near campus

A 69-year-old man was arrested Tuesday in Lakewood on suspicion of making sexual statements to two boys near Mayfair High School, sheriff’s officials said.

Willard Brink was released on bond Wednesday afternoon, according to jail records. School administration sent a message to parents warning them to remind their children to walk home with friends and to be alert.

Detective Shelby Martin of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Brink is suspected of annoying boys in two separate incidents: once in September 2018 and once in March 2019. The incidents were off campus and after school, she said.

“It was verbal, derogatory, sexual statements to underaged boys,” Martin said.

She said both boys reported the incidents in a timely manner, but she declined to go into any further detail.

Middle school students also attend Mayfair.

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Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. She started at the Post in 2018 as a breaking news reporter. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and two cats.