Commonwealth Journal

September 12, 2013

Alleged flasher in more trouble

Five additional charges lodged against Science Hill man

by Heather Tomlinson
Commonwealth Journal

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. 
The initial investigation led to SPD detectives seeking and obtaining a search warrant for Irvin’s personal computer at home. With help from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, detectives allegedly found several inappropriate images of children in his computer.
The case was handed back to SPD, which led to July’s indictment. 
This month’s indictments also stem from the same alleged incident on Feb. 13 and from the Feb. 21 search of Irvin’s home. 
According to the September indictment, Irvin “committed the offense of attempted unlawful transaction with a minor ... when he knowingly attempted to induce, assist, or cause (a minor under age 16) to engage in illegal sexual activity.”
The September indictment also states that Irvin “committed the offense of attempt to use a minor in a sexual performance by attempting to induce a sexual performance by (a minor under age 12).”
Those counts stem from the alleged Feb. 13 incident at WalMart.
The September indictment also states that Irvin “committed the offense of promoting a sexual performance by a minor by knowingly promoting a sexual performance by a minor under the age of 16.” Irvin is charged with three counts of promoting a sexual performance by a minor. 
First-degree attempted unlawful transaction with a minor, attempting to use a minor in a sexual performance, and promoting a sexual performance by a minor are all Class B felonies. 
An indictment is an accusation only and defendants are assumed innocent unless and until proven otherwise in court.