Tuesday, May 22, 2018
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Two Holiday men charged in string of indecent exposure cases

PORT RICHEY — After a month of intermittent reports of exhibitionists exposing themselves and masturbating in front of women in west Pasco County, deputies over the weekend arrested not one but two men who they say are responsible.

Jarvis Emmanuel Boatwright, 26, and Marcus Alan Harris, 30, were arrested within 20 minutes of each other around 1 a.m. Saturday.

The string of exposure cases started Feb. 20, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Reports do not specify which incidents are tied to which man or whether they know each other.

In the first incident, a man masturbated in front of a woman on a Pasco County Public Transit bus, a report says. Then a man was removed from a RaceTrac gas station in Port Richey after he was caught masturbating in the store. A man exposed himself to a 17-year-old girl in the Regency Park Library on Feb. 27. Earlier this month, a man was caught masturbating outside the window of a woman's Embassy Hills home. Days later, a man exposed himself to a clerk at the Dollar General store on U.S. 19 and Fox Hollow Drive.

On news outlets, Sheriff Chris Nocco pleaded for victims in the cases to come forward, saying the information they gave could help detectives. On Friday morning, the woman from the bus incident came forward and spoke with detectives. Less than 24 hours later, both men were arrested.

Boatwright, of 1222 Darlington Road in Holiday, was charged with indecent exposure and possession of cocaine after deputies executing a search warrant found bags of the drug on shelves of his entertainment center, a report says. He remained in the Land O'Lakes jail on Monday in lieu of $3,000 bail. Pasco court records show that he was convicted in 2011 of exposure of sexual organs and is awaiting trial after a December 2012 arrest on the same charge.

Harris, of 1223 Landau St. in Holiday, was arrested on one charge of indecent exposure and remained in the Land O'Lakes jail on Monday in lieu of $1,500 bail. Pasco court records show that he, too, was convicted in 2011 of lewd and lascivious behavior. He is also awaiting trial on a separate lewd charge from January, after deputies said he exposed himself during a "Positive Parenting" class at the Land O'Lakes jail.

Times researcher Natalie Watson contributed to this report.

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