Thursday, April 19, 2018
Public safety

Man accused of exposing himself to children at beach hotel pools

ST. PETE BEACH — A 60-year old man faces charges for exposing himself to children playing in the pools of two upscale beach hotels.

Donald Gene Simpson, a Palm Harbor resident, was arrested on Saturday afternoon after the second incident, according to the arrest report from the St. Pete Beach Beach Police.

Simpson's behavior was first reported at the Sirata Beach Resort, where witnesses saw him sitting on the edge of the pool, wearing "very short shorts'' and with his legs spread so that children could see his genitals, according to police. A witness asked Simpson to close his legs, and he complied, but a few minutes later, he exposed himself again and then moved to a hot tub, where he repeated this behavior in front of a small child.

Pursued by an adult who witnessed his actions, Simpson fled to the nearby Tradewinds Hotel, where he was again seen exposing himself at the edge of the pool. Confronted, he ran to yet another hotel before he was arrested. He denied exposing himself, police said.

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Published: 04/18/18
Updated: 04/19/18