On May 22, 2023 at approximately 3:00pm, Spokane police officers responded to a park in West Central Spokane. Multiple 911 callers advised a male, later identified as 45-year-old Charles Simpson, was openly masturbating in the park as a school bus was letting kids off.
Through their investigation, officers determined the incident began when Charles approached a 17-year-old female who was walking with two young children in the park. He exposed his genitals and began following the female around the park making vulgar comments. A short time later, a school bus arrived to drop off approximately 30 students. Charles sat down on a bench nearby and began masturbating as children walked past.
Officers developed probable cause to arrest Charles for felony Indecent Exposure and Stalking with Sexual Motivation. Additional charges may be pending. Indecent Exposure is typically a misdemeanor which becomes a gross misdemeanor if the victims are under 14 years of age and a felony if the suspect has two prior convictions.
Charles has 3 felony and 2 misdemeanor convictions for Indecent Exposure. He has 8 total felony convictions. He currently has 2 additional cases for felony Indecent Exposure which are pending in the court system from 2022.
SPD believes there may be additional victims and witnesses to this incident. If you are one of those, we ask that you call Crime Check (509-456-2233) and reference SPD Case #2023-20098199.
Officer X.A. Berkeley #1426
Spokane Police Department