Bremerton man accused of exposing himself to woman while driving
BREMERTON, Wash. - A Bremerton man is accused of exposing himself to a woman while driving and police say there's evidence to prove it.
The victim, a Kitsap County woman who requested not be identified, was driving along Warren Avenue in Bremerton last Tuesday around 3:45 p.m. when she says a man, in a truck with the passenger-side window down, pulled up alongside her and exposed himself to her.
"I glanced over and saw what this gentleman was doing, and so I immediately sped up more to get myself out of that situation," said the woman.
The woman said the guy continued following her at least three blocks, so she decided the best thing to do was catch him in the act.
She grabbed her cell phone and took a photo of the man pulled up alongside her, and facing her direction, then called police.
According to the police report, the woman said it appeared the man was “intentionally contorting his body” to expose his genitals.
Bremerton Police blurred the original photo but said the man's hand is clearly on his genitals
"This is just another form of sexual harassment and it's intolerable," said the woman. "People need to know that if somebody is going to be brazen enough like this gentleman was - to do that in the first place- do what you can to get evidence to stop them."
Bremerton police posted the photo on social media asking for help identifying the guy. The man's girlfriend saw the post and brought him to the Bremerton Police Department to speak with officers.
"It's unfortunate that it was his girlfriend that saw it and turned him in but I think we did her a favor," said the victim.
When the man, identified as Jeremiah Johnson of Bremerton, showed up at the police department he told an officer “This is a big coincidence, and I want to clear my name,” according to the police report.
Johnson admitted it was him and his truck, but said he was adjusting his boxers when the photo was taken.
“He essentially denied he did anything that he thought was inappropriate or illegal,” said Bremerton Police Lt. Randy Plumb.
The victim, however, said it was obvious what was happening and that the act seemed deliberate.
"Every time I glanced over he was staring at me, just direct eye contact," said the woman. "The only gestures he was making were toward himself."
Johnson was arrested for indecent exposure -- and his victim now hopes by speaking up, the act won't be repeated.
"I'm really thankful that this ended up on an up note and hopefully this was a one-time incident that won't be repeated," she said.
Johnson pleaded not guilty on Monday morning in Bremerton Municipal Court. His attorney says when all is said and done the facts will show her client did not commit acts of indecent exposure.