by: Mike Petchenik Updated:
ALPHARETTA, Ga. - A Canton man is facing felony charges after Roswell police said he exposed himself and performed sex acts in front of children.
David Kiehl is in the Fulton County jail with no bond facing indecent exposure and child molestation charges stemming from the March 14 incident.
“We had a mother and her two teenage children, they were 13 and 14, were driving down the road,” Officer Lisa Holland told Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik. “When he noticed they were looking down at him, he removed the towel and performed a sex act on himself.”
Holland said the mother snapped a picture of Kiehl’s car and tag number, and Wednesday detectives tracked him down to make the arrest.
“It’s a perverted crime, especially when kids are involved,” said Holland. “Because there were kids in the car, this crime escalated to a child molestation charge, which is felony in the state of Georgia, which could put him away in prison.”
Petchenik uncovered documents that show Kiehl has been convicted three times since 1990 for indecent exposure in Cobb, Fulton and DeKalb Counties.
Dunwoody police said they arrested him last July after a victim there witnessed a similar incident, and Alpharetta police told Petchenik they had an active warrant for Kiehl’s arrest since a woman snapped a picture of him exposing himself to her near North Point Mall in December 2012.
An Alpharetta incident report indicates a detective witnessed Kiehl doing the same thing near North Point Mall in November 2013 but lost him in traffic and couldn’t make an arrest.
“We definitely need to remove him from our area and from society,” said Holland. “He’s trying to invoke a reaction in women that they will immediately run or turn away, and he has been caught several times by women that are empowered and taking pictures of him and his vehicle.”
Holland said she believes there are other victims out there who have yet to come forward because they were too shocked by what they saw.
“My client is not a danger to society,” said attorney Andrew Fiddes. “He maintains he’s a good candidate for bond with regards to these charges.”
Fiddes said Kiehl denies the charges. He wouldn’t comment on Kiehl’s arrest history.
Fulton County jail officials said Kiehl is due back in Court April 3.