Charge: Child molester flashed kids at Bellevue stores

BELLEVUE, Wash. - A convicted child molester is now behind bars on allegations he exposed himself to children at two Bellevue grocery stores.

King County prosecutors contend Leverne C. Terrance, on at least two occasions, exposed his penis to children grocery shopping with their parents. Terrance, 42, is alleged to have hidden his genitals behind a bag until close to the children, when he pulled the laptop bag away to expose himself.

Terrance is accused of first exposing himself on Aug. 1 to a 10-year-old girl at a Safeway, located at 1645 140th Ave. N.E. According to charging papers, Terrance approached the girl, drew back his bag and exposed himself.

The Bellevue resident wasn't arrested until the following day, when he is alleged to have exposed himself to a 7-year-old girl accompanying her family at the Uwajimaya at 699 120th Avenue N.E.

According to charging papers, Terrance attempted to run from the store after the girl's parents reported the incident. An Uwajimaya manager confronted Terrance, who police say knocked the manager to the ground and punched the other man several times in the face.

Police responding to the report arrested Terrance several blocks away. Writing the court, a Bellevue detective said Terrance admitted he was at the store but denied any wrongdoing.

"I'm the one you are looking for," Terrance told police, according to charging papers. "I'm being wrongfully accused. I didn't do anything."

Terrance was subsequently identified by both alleged victims, the detective asserted. He was also caught on tape at the Safeway store.

Following his arrest, Terrance declined to speak with police about the allegations. He admitted he is required to register as a sex offender because he was convicted of molesting a 10-year-old girl in 1992.

The detective noted Terrance was wearing tight-fitting underwear when he was arrested. In the detective's estimation, there was no way Terrance could have accidentally exposed himself.

Terrance has been charged with two counts of indecent exposure, as well as one count of fourth-degree assault. He remains jailed on $75,000 bail.