A man charged with exposing himself to multiple women in Lenoir is now also accused of flashing two female child care workers at a church in Burke County the day before his most recent arrest in Lenoir, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office said.
Tristan Douglas Coffey, 22, came under investigation on May 5 after someone from Morganton First Church of God contacted the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and said that a man had flashed two of the workers. Detectives honed in on Coffey because of the car he was driving, a silver Hyundai with damage to the driver’s door, the press release said.
Coffey is charged with felony indecent exposure.
Indecent exposure is a felony in North Carolina if the victim is less than 16 years old. Burke County Sheriff Steve Whisenant said that although the workers were adults, Coffey was charged with a felony because he flashed the workers near a childcare center.
Coffey is not a registered sex offender, but if he is convicted on the felony charge, he could be forced to register.
In Lenoir, Coffey was accused of flashing two women in the parking lot of Hancock Surgery Center on Thursday, two women in the parking lot of Gateway Rehabilitation and Healthcare, and a woman in the parking lot of Bonnie Mist Car Wash on Harper Avenue. He is charged with five misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure in that case.
Coffey, who lives on Burke-Smokey Creek Road near the Caldwell-Burke county line, was first arrested on a charge of indecent exposure on Dec. 21, 2018. Since then, he has been arrested numerous times on that charge.
Among other incidents, in August 2019, Coffey was accused of flashing women at the Ingles on Connelly Springs Road. In October 2019, he made statewide news for being accused of flashing a census worker. In April 2020, he was accused of going to a Dollar General on Connelly Springs Road and sitting in the parking lot with no pants on.
He has been convicted seven times of indecent exposure.
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