On Friday, September 13, 2013, Polk County Sheriff's Office detectives arrested 27-year-old Abraham Sabastine Jarrell, DOB 1/18/86, 6327 Lakeland Highlands Road, Lakeland, charging him with two counts of Lewd Exhibition on a child under sixteen (2nd degree felony) and two counts of Indecent Exposure (1st degree misdemeanor).
On September 10, 2013 between 12:00 pm, and 2:36 pm, three separate victims contacted the PCSO to report seeing a white male subject masturbating from within his vehicle. All three victims were juvenile victims; two were 14 years of age and the third was 17 years of age – the juvenile victims were male.
The first incident occurred at Lakeland Highlands Road and Broken Arrow Trail; the second incident occurred near the Groveglen subdivision on Lakeland Highlands Road; and the third incident occurred in the parking lot near Peterson Road and Lakeland Highlands Road. The last two incidents both occurred near George Jenkins High School at dismissal time.
All three victims described the suspect as being a white male, mid 20s to late 30s, sandy blond hair possibly collar length, possibly wearing lightly tinted wire framed glasses. He wore a grey sleeveless t-shirt and no clothing on his lower body. All three victims described the vehicle as being a white late 80s through mid-90s Toyota four-door.
During the investigation, detectives received information that Jarrell owned a 1994 Toyota Tercel. Detectives made contact with Jarrell at his residence and he admitted to “fondling” himself while in his car in the Lakeland Highlands Road area.
In April 2013, a 16-year-old male victim reported a similar incident providing a similar description which he observed on Southern Avenue in Lakeland. Detectives have identified Jarrell as the suspect in that incident as well.
“We believe there may be other children this suspect has targeted and we are asking the public to contact us with any information about those crimes.” - Sheriff Grady Judd
Jarrell was hired by the Plant City High School Band Booster Club as the choreographer for the Band Color Guard. Jarrell is a part-tim dance instructor at the Highland School of Dance located at 6929 Old Road 37, Lakeland.