Alleged flasher waives charges
MOUNT CARMEL - A Locustdale man charged with flashing three females June 2 had his case sent to the Court of Common Pleas in Sunbury Wednesday morning after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones.
Kevin S. Kerner, 26, of 57 Middle St., who was represented by public defender Paige Rosini, will appear for plea court or a pre-trial conference after waiving three counts each of open lewdness and indecent exposure and a misdemeanor of disorderly conduct.
Kerner also waived to court a new set of charges including three counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, one count of driving under the influence of a combination of drugs, possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, failing to drive in a single lane and a turn signal violation.
Those charges were filed Wednesday by Mount Carmel Township Patrolman David Stamets Jr. in connection with an early-morning incident May 20 at Turkey Hill Minit Market in Strong.
Kerner, who remains in Northumberland County Prison in lieu of $50,000 cash bail after Jones denied Rosini's request for unsecured bail, was charged by Mount Carmel Cpl. David J. Donkochik in connection with two separate incidents in the borough when Kerner allegedly exposed himself to three different females near Fourth and Hickory streets and in the 300 block of South Market Street.
During an interview with police, Kerner admitted being the male seen in the surveillance photograph at the Dollar General Store that was released to the media. The store is only a few blocks away from where the incidents occurred, police said.
Kerner told police that prior to leaving the store, he urinated in his pants after speaking to the female clerk. He left the store and saw two females on porches near South Market Street. Kerner said he spoke to them about urinating in his pants and then pulled down his pants.
Kerner told police he also hid behind a parked car near at Fourth and Hickory streets and exposed himself to another woman.
He told police he also attempted to lure the woman, sprinted across the street and charged her. The victim began to scream and he ran away from the scene.
Kerner told police he urinates his pants for sexual gratification, especially when he is on speed.
Wearing women's clothes
In an affidavit involving the new charges, police reported finding a pack of cigarettes, a hypodermic needle, a spoon, a wooden ax handle with nails sticking out one side and a large metal chain with black electrical tape wrapped around one end inside Kerner's vehicle shortly after 2:30 a.m.
Police said Kerner, who had urinated himself, was wearing women's jeans and Victoria Secret underwear exposed on his back. Police said the defendant, who was wearing a black bandana on his head, gave off a rancid odor that was nearly unbearable.
Police reported Kerner underwent a blood test at Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital that revealed he was under the influence of bath salts, amphetamines, methamphetamine and marijuana.