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Polk County man arrested for alleged indecent exposure at McDonald’s

Charlie Lee Cook Jr.
Charlie Lee Cook Jr.(PCSO)
Published: Dec. 1, 2021 at 12:09 PM EST
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POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WWSB) - Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Lakeland man after he allegedly exposed himself to a juvenile McDonald’s drive-thru cashier.

Polk County deputies arrested 34-year-old Charlie Lee Cook Jr. and charged him with indecent exposure and committing a lewd act.

The incident was reported in late September by the manager at the restaurant, after deputies say Cook placed an order one morning and proceeded through both drive-thru windows - the window where he paid for his food, and the second window where he picked up his food.

After paying for and picking up his food, deputies say Cook went through the drive-thru again with a second order, and when he arrived at the second window, he exposed himself to the juvenile cashier while calling her by the name on her name tag. The cashier immediately closed the window and reported the incident to management, who contacted authorities.

At that time, McDonald’s employees were unable to identify the suspect, and only had a description of his vehicle, a black SUV. However, they did recognize him as a regular customer. When he returned to the restaurant two weeks later, they provided deputies with a possible name from his debit card, and the tag number on his vehicle.

He was positively identified as Cook, and deputies obtained a warrant for his arrest. He was booked into the Polk County Jail on Nov. 30, and released after posting a $750 bond.

Cook admitted to deputies that he committed the lewd act. His criminal history includes a 2014 arrest for battery domestic violence, and a 2017 arrest for transmission of material harmful to a minor and use of a two-way communication device to commit a felony.

In the 2017 case, Sheriff Grady Judd said Cook was caught sending text messages to a young person he met as a youth group leader.

“We previously arrested Charlie Cook during an undercover child pornography investigation - he was sending nude images to a 15-year-old girl he met as a youth leader at a church. Now here he is again, trying to groom and solicit a child. He clearly wasn’t rehabilitated or held accountable back in 2017, but we will do everything in our power to ensure he is held accountable now,” said Sheriff Grady Judd.

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