Police arrested a 53-year-old man for indecent exposure on Halloween at his home on South Pine Street.
Dale Hilliard of 207 S. Pine Street was charged with indecent exposure and indecent exposure of a person over 18 in front a person younger than 16.
Wendell police Chief Bill Carter said the incident had nothing to do with Halloween, though it took place just as trick-or-treating was getting into high gear.
Hilliard was at the curb of his home on Pine Street talking with neighbors before exposing himself in front of an 11-year-old boy and an adult, Carter said.
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“I hesitate to call it an argument,” Carter said. “There were some words between the parties and then other people arrived at that location and that's when he pulled his pants down.”
Carter said there may have been alcohol involved in the incident, but Hilliard was not cited for any alcohol offenses.
Arrest warrants show there were two people who reported the incident. One neighbor, Christon Rogers lives on Pine Street and another person, Damien Nicholson, lives on East Second Street.
The misdemeanor indecent exposure charge carries a maximum punishment of a $1,000 fine. The indecent exposure in front of a minor charge, which is a felony, carries a sentence of four to 25 months in jail.
Records show Hilliard has no previous charge related to indecent exposure. He was in and out of Wake County jail between 1977 and 1985 for breaking and entering charges, cited for several traffic violations in the early 1990s and was charged with marijuana possesion in 2006 while living at his current Wendell address.
He also was charged with a DWI in Raleigh in 1982 and 1994 and a DWI in Chapel Hill in 1992.
Hilliard will appear in court for the indecent exposure charges on Nov. 19.