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Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Man charged with indecent exposure after pants fall down near gas station

A 39-year-old Ocala man was arrested after his genitals were allegedly exposed outside of a local gas station on Thursday.

Shortly after the incident occurred, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office master sergeant responded to the Murphy Express gas station located at 17 Cedar Radial Pass. A male witness had contacted the sheriff’s office to advise that a man, later identified as Roland John Brooks, had exposed his sexual organs in public, according to the arrest report.

Roland John Brooks
Roland John Brooks

The witness told the sheriff’s office that he was at the gas station when he observed Brooks walking on the sidewalk. Brooks’ pants were “falling down,” and the witness began yelling at Brooks to “pull his pants up,” according to the MCSO report.

Brooks ignored the witness and continued to walk away when his pants “came down low enough,” and the witness advised that Brooks’ genitals were exposed. The witness informed the sheriff’s office that his young child was also at the gas station at the time of the incident.

The master sergeant observed the gas station’s video surveillance footage. In the MCSO report, the master sergeant noted that Brooks was walking along the sidewalk at the time of the incident when his pants began to fall down, though his sexual organs were not initially exposed.

The footage showed Brooks stopping to take his shirt off, and he then began walking away from the gas station. The master sergeant noted in the report that Brooks’ pants “fell down even further,” which exposed his sexual organs.

The master sergeant made contact with Brooks on Cedar Road. After being read his Miranda rights, Brooks admitted that his pants fell down and “some guy” was yelling at him. Brooks stated that he “doesn’t believe he exposed himself,” according to the MCSO report.

Brooks was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where he is currently being held on $1,000 bond. He is facing a misdemeanor charge for indecent exposure of sexual organs.

A court date has been scheduled at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 19, according to jail records.