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Lakeland dance teacher charged with indecent exposure

A high school color guard choreographer and dance instructor was arrested today on charges of exposing himself to teenagers, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said today.

Between noon and 2:36 p.m. Tuesday, three separate victims contacted deputies to report seeing a white male masturbating in his vehicle. Two of the victims were 14 years old and the third was 17, and all three were male.

The first incident took place at Lakeland Highlands Road and Broken Arrow Trail; the second incident was near the Groveglen subdivision on Lakeland Highlands Road; and the third was in the parking lot near Peterson Road and Lakeland Highlands Road. The last two incidents took place near George Jenkins High School as students were leaving for the day.

Sheriff's detectives made contact with Abraham Sabastine Jarrell, 27, of Lakeland, and they said he admitted to fondling himself while in his car in the Lakeland Highlands Road area.

Jarrell was arrested and charged with two counts of lewd exhibition on a child under 16 and two counts of indecent exposure. He is being held without bail until his first court appearance, which is set for Saturday morning.

Jarrell was hired by the Plant City High School Band Booster Club as the choreographer for the Band Color Guard, and he was an occasional guest teacher at the Highland School of Dance on Lakeland Highlands Road. He was formerly a faculty member and company dancer for Florida Dance Theatre.

Detectives also identified Jarrell as the suspect in an April 2013 incident in which a 16-year-old male victim reported a similar incident on Southern Avenue in Lakeland.

Sheriff Grady Judd said his office believes there “may be other children this suspect has targeted, and we are asking the public to contact us with any information about those crimes.”

The sheriff's office can be reached at (863) 298-6200.

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