Jonathan Williams, 58, was charged with lewd and lascivious exhibition of a minor and violation of probation. He is being held on $30,000 bond in a Volusia County jail. It is unclear if he has acquired the services of an attorney.
According to Holly Hills police, the alleged incident occurred on November 2 outside an Ace Hardware store. A Boy Scout troop leader told police that they saw the resident park a church van, quickly go inside the store, then return to his van. He then allegedly stared at the boys for around 10 minutes as they collected donations.
The said resident called over one of the boys and handed him some money, sources say. He purportedly exposed his “entire genital area” when he opened the van door to give the boy the money, the arrest report said.
Police reviewed video surveillance from the parking lot, and it reportedly shows the accused resident “actively masturbating for many minutes” before he called the boy to come and take his donation, according to the report.
Using the surveillance footage, police were able to track the vehicle to the Free Spirit Evangelistic Outreach Church in Daytona Beach. A church worker confirmed to police that the van belongs to the church and that the accused is its driver.
When questioned by police on Monday, he reportedly admitted to buying keys at the hardware store and said he waited outside the store afterwards because he was unable to start the van. When asked why he had exposed himself, the accused purportedly said he had “an itch” which led him to examine his groin area for a rash.
Police said he eventually confessed to masturbating, saying that he “fell off the wagon” and got excited from watching the Boy Scout troop. Records show that the accused is a registered sex offender who has been on probation since a lewd molestation conviction in 1996. He isn’t allowed to have unsupervised contact with children.
Another case of lewd and lascivious battery by an adult on a child was reported last month. A Disney Cruise Line employee went on trial for allegedly touching a 10-year-old boy aboard a Disney ship in April.
Oliver Lovatt, 25, was arrested in May and charged with lewd and lascivious battery on a child. He was ordered held without bond while awaiting trial.
According to Miami-Dade police, the 25-year-old man worked aboard the Disney Magic as an entertainer for kids aged 3 to 12. He is accused of fondling a child’s genitals while the ship was out at sea. He reportedly blindfolded the victim and spun him around as part of a game before touching him.
The charges against the accused were dropped and he was released Monday after prosecutors found inconsistencies in the victim’s story.
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