Man arrested after exposing himself in the toy section of a Seminole business

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Detectives from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) arrested 37 year-old Derek Hardison of Largo on charges of Lewd and Lascivious Exhibition

PCSO reports the crime occurred on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 when Hardison went to the Burlington Coat Factory located at 7351 Seminole Boulevard in Seminole. He was seen on surveillance video walking inside and selecting a bottle of lotion then walked around the store with his penis visible before exiting the store.

According to detectives, an 11-year-old child observed Hardison with his penis exposed when he walked through the toy section. The child told their parent who later notified law enforcement.

Investigators say Hardison left in his distinctive Nissan pick-up truck and, using various investigative techniques, positively identified him as the suspect in the store’s surveillance video.

Hardison was arrested on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 10202 Seminole Boulevard and transported to the Sheriff’s Administration Building at 10750 Ulmerton Road in Largo for an interview. He did not provide a statement.

Detectives are asking if you have any further information or believe you may have been a victim to contact Pinellas County Detective Curtin at (727) 582-6200.

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