Man hit with new ‘exposure’ charge

  • Thursday, June 19, 2014

Patrick Krell

A Charleston man already charged with exposing himself to young girls who were playing at Huntington Beach State Park on May 27 is accused of committing a similar act two days later in Andrews.

Patrick M. Krell, 43, of Egret Crest Lane in Charleston, was arrested in the Deland, Florida area May 30 on charges of indecent exposure for the Huntington Beach incident.

Last week, Krell was hit with another indecent exposure charge. On May 29, he allegedly exposed himself to a 6-year-old girl at Food Lion in Andrews.

According to the father of the child, his daughter was on a church scavenger hunt when the incident occurred.

“He said while she was in the store with the church group, a white male approached her and pulled down the front of his pants, exposing his penis,” the report states.

The child told her father.Other members of the church group witnessed the incident.

Because he had not heard it from anyone else, the child’s father said he forgot about it until he heard about the Huntington Beach incident.

He then questioned his daughter again and she repeated the same story.

Her father contacted the leader of the church group who said he had not received complaints from anyone else but said he did have access to a picture of the van the man was driving.

He said the picture was taken because one of the requirements of the scavenger hunt was to take a photo of a vehicle with an out-of-state license tag. The suspect’ green van had a Georgia tag.

The girl’s father filed a report with the Sheriff’s Office June 2.

The Sheriff’s Office confirmed Monday that Krell has been charged with the Andrews incident.

That tag on the van in the photo taken at Food Lion was the same one from the van Krell was allegedly driving after the Huntington Beach incident.

In that case, the grandmother of the two girls – ages 9 and 10 – said they were playing near the water when a man with a dog walked up then sat down next to them.

According to the woman, the 10-year-old told her the man “showed his penis but it did not look real.”

The man allegedly asked the girls “do you like this?”

When the children’s grandmother looked at the suspect, he reportedly rolled over on his stomach and started playing with his dog. When the woman yelled at other beach-goers about what happened, the man jumped up, leashed his dog and began to say “I did not do anything” as he walked away.

The man then ran to his vehicle which was parked at a campsite and started driving away but was followed by a man on a moped who was able to get the license tag number.

Because the man had frequented Pawleys Island, a picture of his van was captured by the island’s license plate reader cameras.

The photo was disseminated by the media which resulted in a tip that Krell was in Florida. That led to his arrest by the Deland Police Department.

GCSO PIO Carrie Cuthbertson said Krell is still in jail in Florida awaiting extradition.

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