CHICAGO — For years, female residents of a downtown high-rise complained of repeated harassment by a male neighbor, but police said there was nothing they could do.

So, the women turned to WGN Investigates for help.

Last year, after WGN’s story aired, Chicago Police finally took action.

They arrested James Bakk, 70, and charged him with two misdemeanor counts of public indecency, according to interviews and court records.

Recently, Bakk pleaded guilty to one count of public indecency. He was sentenced to two years of court supervision, records show.

Reached by phone, Bakk declined to comment.

But one of the women told WGN Investigates she was relieved that someone finally listened to their story, alleging that Bakk’s actions were a form of “harassment.”

The women alleged that Bakk over several years repeatedly exposed himself to them and one occasion held up a sign saying, “come over” while he masturbated.

An arrest report says police had a signed complaint stating the man “was naked in his residence, looked toward [a woman’s] direction and began masturbating.”

The women had repeatedly notified police, their alderman and even building management about Bakk’s alleged behavior.

But all claimed there was nothing they could do.

“Daily nightmare,” is how Streeterville resident Kaitlyn Bryniarski summed it up in August. “For 10-to-15 minutes a day he will go near the windows and expose himself and touch himself.”

When first confronted by WGN Investigates, Bakk acknowledged being previously asked by one of the women to stop exposing himself in a way that was clearly visible from their nearby building.

He said the women should “put the blinds down” if they were upset by the view. 

“Why don’t you put your blinds down?” WGN’s Ben Bradley asked him. 

“Well, that’s what I’ll do,” Bakk responded.

The women said since Bakk was charged, the alleged harassment has stopped.

“Without WGN, this resolution would not have been possible,” said one of the women, who asked not to be identified. “I am deeply appreciative to finally have some assurance of peace in my own home.”