Crime

Myrtle Beach man charged with exposing himself on beach, drug possession

Myrtle Beach police charged a man with exposing himself to a woman sunbathing on the beach earlier this month and having drugs in his pocket when he was taken into custody during the weekend, according to a police report.

James Kelvin Watson, 35, of Myrtle Beach was charged with first-degree assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct, two counts of indecent exposure, first-offense possession of less than one gram of ice, crank or crack cocaine and second or subsequent offense of possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, according to jail records.

Watson is being held at J. Reuben Long Detention Center on $204,000 bond.

The exposure charges stemmed from Sept. 3 when a woman told police she was sunbathing in the area of 50th Avenue North on the beach when a man touched her and exposed himself to her, according to a police report. The victim said she yelled at the man to leave and then yelled for help to a nearby person.

The victim said she ran after the suspect and then called police.

On Sept. 7, police released a composite sketch of the suspect and asked for the public’s help in identifying the man.

On Saturday, police went to Watson’s home and took him into custody on the outstanding warrants, according to a report. When officers arrested Watson, he wasn’t wearing any pants, so he asked for his girlfriend to retrieve some from an upstairs bedroom.

When officers searched the pants they found crack cocaine in a pocket, according to the report. Marijuana and a glass smoking pipe also were found in the apartment.

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