Man accused of exposing himself to woman helping him register to vote at Broward College

19-year-old says Joseph Hargrett, 47, came out of classroom naked

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. - A South Florida man is facing charges after authorities said he exposed himself to a 19-year-old woman who was trying to help him register to vote over the summer at Broward College's Coconut Creek campus.

According to an arrest report, the woman was working for the Community Voters Project on July 5, registering people to vote.

She told officers that she approached Joseph Hargrett, 47, and asked him if he was registered to vote.

She said he told her that he wasn't sure if he was still registered, so she helped him fill out a new registration form.

According to the report, Hargrett told the woman that he left his ID in a classroom and asked if she wanted to walk with him to get it.

The woman said Hargrett gave her his name, date of birth and the last four digits of his Social Security number while she followed him to the classroom.

Police said he told her to come into the room with him to get his ID, and when she went in, there was a wall immediately in front of her, obstructing her view from the rest of the classroom.

Police said Hargrett told her to stay there, and he went around the wall, removed his clothes and came back around.

The woman said she asked him, "What are you doing?" and turned around to grab the door handle.

Police said Hargrett grabbed the victim's left shoulder and said, "It's OK. Don't say anything. Don't say anything."

The woman told police that she pushed Hargrett, ran back to a coworker and called police.

The woman identified Hargrett in a photo lineup.

Hargrett was arrested Thursday on charges of battery, indecent exposure and false imprisonment.


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