Salvation Army Bell Ringer Flashes Boy, 4, and His Dad After They Make Donation: Officials
A charity worker collecting donations outside a Tennessee supermarket flashed in the direction of a child who had given money to his cause, officials said.
A four-year-old boy and his father had just placed change into a Salvation Army’s red kettle when William Martin, a 61-year-old “bell ringer,” allegedly exposed himself outside a Food City outlet on Thursday, according to a Kingsport Police Department arrest affidavit.
The little boy’s father told police he saw Martin, who was sitting in a lawn chair, “lift his apron and expose his bare genitals,” the affidavit said.
The child apparently did not see what Martin was allegedly doing, the court document said.
Martin was charged with indecent exposure and was arraigned on Friday.
It was not immediately clear if he had entered a plea or if he had an attorney.
He is scheduled to next appear in court on March 3.
A Salvation Army spokesperson told the Smoking Gun that Martin and his wife are “longtime trusted bell ringers who we’ve known for years.”
Martin claimed he never intended to expose himself, the spokesperson told the website.
He and his wife have been reportedly stripped of their bell-ringing duties.