News 12 at 11 o'clock / Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Chad Stefani (WRDW-TV)
EDGEFIELD, S.C. (WRDW) -- One man is accused of exposing himself to a number of women in three counties over the past few months.
Chad Stefani is out on bond Tuesday night after being arrested on Monday in Columbia County for public indecency.
As more people learn of his arrest, more victims are coming forward.
"It was lunch time or a little bit after, just broad daylight. And there were other cars, there were other vehicles at the other gas pumps," said Kathy Davis.
She stopped at the Greg's Gas Plus on Martintown Road when a man in a blue truck pulled up beside her and exposed himself.
"Twice he showed it," Davis said. "The first time he lifted up like showing me, and then I look away and I look back, and he's doing the act. Just sitting there and lifted up doing it. It was just unbelievable to me. I couldn't believe somebody was doing that in broad daylight."
Davis says he then pulled over near the front of the building about 20 feet away and stopped his car. That's when she decided to pull up behind him and write down his license plate number. But as she did, he took off, heading down the road toward Edgefield.
That's when Davis started driving after him.
"I started chasing him because I wanted the police to come and arrest him for doing what he did," she said.
She followed him down back roads all the way to Exit 5.
"I knew if he did it to me, it probably wasn't his first time, that he'd probably done it before. And I knew he would probably do it again," Davis said.
According to incident reports, he has. At least five other incidents have been reported all over the area.
They begin on April 2 in a parking lot at a nursing home in Columbia County. Davis' incident happened on April 4. Then again on April 30 on I-20 in Columbia County. The next report is on June 12 from the parking lot of the Family Y in Evans.
Then, just last week on June 19, a woman says he exposed himself while driving in Columbia County. The next day on the 20th, two women say he did the same thing in a parking lot off Wheeler Road in Richmond County.
"People just, you can't go around and do that. You don't have the right to do that to people. And how dare you," Davis said.
And now she's hoping other victims will speak up. Davis' message to any other victims is, "Don't be embarrassed because you're not the one who's done anything wrong. He is."
Davis says she wanted to show people its OK to come forward and speak out about this. The Sheriff's Office says since the first arrest, they've had more calls reporting similar incidences and they say there could be more victims out there.