N. Charleston man accused of exposing himself to woman in downtown Charleston

N. Charleston man accused of exposing himself to woman in downtown Charleston

A 34-year-old man is behind bars after police say he exposed himself to a woman outside her home in downtown Charleston.

The Charleston Police Department charged Esau Jenkins III with indecent exposure.

On Tuesday afternoon, officers responded to a home on Line Street in reference to someone exposing himself.

As officers were en route, they were told that the suspect, later identified as Jenkins, was standing outside of the victim's doorway and committing sexual acts on himself. When officers arrived, they reported seeing the suspect attempting to flee from the porch of the home.

Officers reported when they made contact with Jenkins, he was visibly nervous, unable to stand still and failed to maintain eye contact. Additionally, police say Jenkins' pants were down below his knees, and his underwear was fully exposed with his genitals visible.

When an officer asked Jenkins about his pants, Jenkins said,"I don't know."

Police say as they were investigating the incident, Jenkins said,"Oh come on man, can't you just give me a break or a ticket, I didn't know she could see me, I was just ready to see a girl."

When investigators asked him to elaborate on the statement, Jenkins became quiet and refused to speak further.

The victim said she was leaving her apartment when she saw Jenkins standing on her porch and staring at her in a "disturbing manner."

Police say the victim became afraid of leaving her apartment, and after a short time saw Jenkins drop his pants, intentionally remove his genitals from his underwear and commit a sexual act on himself.

The victim then contacted police.

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