Steven Burge, 38, was arrested Sunday and charged with indecent exposure.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -
A Hendersonville man was arrested Sunday evening in Murfreesboro after he was caught exposing himself to several women and at least one child inside a local Walmart store.
Officers were dispatched to the Walmart on Old Fort Parkway just before 5 p.m. in reference to a male suspect exposing himself.
The security officer told police he observed the man, later identified as Steven Burge, on a live online security feed following women around the store while exposing himself.
In one instance, according to the Murfreesboro police incident report, Burge exposed himself to a woman, behind her back, as she pushed a cart with a young child in it.
From the video, police said it was obvious the child saw what Burge was doing.
Burge was located in the store and taken into custody. He later admitted to exposing himself to get a "thrill," according to the police report.
The 38-year-old Burge was at the Walmart with his young son, according to police. The Tennessee Department of Children's Services was notified.
"It's one step closer to committing an assault on that person," Murfreesboro police spokesperson Kyle Evans said, adding, "We want to bring this person to the criminal justice system and get them the help they need so this behavior will stop."
Burge was charged with indecent exposure and booked into the Rutherford County jail on a $2,000 bond.
Burge declined an on-camera interview but told Nashville's News 2 over the phone on Tuesday it's "just an embarrassing situation."
He insisted that his 10-year-old son was in a different part of the store at the time of the alleged incidents, saying "I would never, never, never do that."
"I didn't want to get caught," Burge said. "I was trying to be secretive, but it was a bad decision and I'm going to have to pay for it."
He added, "I made a mistake. I want to change and move on."
Burge is scheduled to appear in court on the charge in February.