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September 12, 2013

Alleged flasher in more trouble

Five additional charges lodged against Science Hill man

Somerset —

A Pulaski County man indicted earlier this year after he allegedly flashed a young child at a local store  has had additional charges handed down by a Pulaski County grand jury. 
The case of Drew Eric Irvin, 25, of Science Hill, was brought again before a grand jury this month. Irvin was originally indicted in July on one count of possession of child pornography and one count of first-degree indecent exposure. 
During the September session of the Pulaski County grand jury, five additional charges were handed down — first-degree attempted un-lawful transaction with a minor, attempting to use a minor in a sexual perfor-mance, and three counts of promot-ing a sexual performance by a minor. 
Irvin was arrested on Feb. 21, hours after the Somerset Police Department released information about a Feb. 13 incident at Walmart in Somerset during which a male allegedly exposed himself to an 11-year-old boy in the toy section of the store. 
The suspect, later identified as Irvin, allegedly asked the boy if he’d like to purchase diapers from him, and the boy declined. Then, the man exposed himself before the boy left to find help. The 11-year-old told a store employee who helped him find his mother and notify police.
Within minutes of SPD’s Facebook post on the incident, which also included surveillance video of the alleged flasher, and a live broadcast on the story from a news channel, tips started flooding in. 
Police said it appeared Irvin didn’t know the 11-year-old victim.
The indecent exposure charge handed down by the grand jury in July stems directly from the alleged Walmart incident, but the possession of child porn charge, also handed down in July, is connected to a search carried out at Irvin’s home after his arrest in February. 

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