A 22-year-old man has been charged with three counts of indecent exposure after incidents at the University of Washington campus, a grocery store and a Metro bus.
Eric Kevin Ross was arrested Aug. 1, and police say he told them he has “a problem with exposing himself in public.” He has two felony convictions for indecent exposure in 2010.
Documents filed by the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office detail his history with numerous victims.
On the afternoon of June 13, a man walked up to a woman seated at a booth in the UW student union and exposed his penis, according to charging documents. His position prevented her from leaving. He then began masturbating and ejaculated on the table.
The man said, “I’m so sorry” before leaving the scene, the victim said. The semen on the table was used to connect Ross to the crimes, according to court documents.
On June 24, another victim told police that a man exposed himself to her as she got on a elevator at Schmitz Hall at UW.
He became startled when she “aggressively” asked him, “Are you (expletive) kidding me?” She told police he seemed startled by her anger before he left the scene.
While University police were searching for the man, the victim noticed him sitting in a dark blue sedan across the street. When she shouted, “That’s him!” the suspect drove off, according to court documents.
An alert was sent June 25 to the UW community about the exposure. A University Book Store security officer identified Ross from a surveillance video from the day of the June 24 incident.
A 27-year-old woman reported another incident of exposure on July 2 on a King County Metro bus.
After moving seats several times, a man sat down across from the UW student near the front of the bus.
He touched the woman’s arm and signaled for her to look down.
The woman told police his penis was over the top of his low-hanging pants. When the bus made a stop he pulled his pants up. Multiple victims identified Ross as the suspect, according to court documents.
Ross had previously been arrested for felony indecent exposure after he allegedly followed two women down an aisle at supermarket in July and masturbated in front of them. He failed to appear at his arraignment in late July.
Police say Ross told them he had been in therapy to try to stop “his problem” but the sessions were too expensive. He says he is currently homeless and exposes himself after smoking marijuana.
“I do it and I leave, I don’t linger, I don’t touch them, I don’t follow them,” Ross said, according to police.
An arraignment on the new charges is set for 8:30 a.m. Aug. 20.