Police in B.C.'s Comox Valley say they have arrested a man who committed an indecent act in the open, with a undercover officer present.

Const. Nicole Hall said the Comox Valley RCMP received a number of complaints over the past few months of a man exposing his genitals to women in the Courtenay area.

On Saturday night, police saw a man who had been identified as a possible suspect in the series of indecent acts.

Just before 11:30 p.m. PT, a plainclothes police officer walked by the suspect. Moments after she walked past, he pulled down his pants and began masturbating in public, police say.

Other officers then moved in and arrested the man.

The man has since been released from custody, but is facing charges of indecent exposure, Hall said.

Police believe there may be other victims or witnesses to indecent acts in the area in recent months, and are asking them to report the incidents to Comox Valley RCMP Const. Trevor Busch.