New charges for Metro 'cell phone flasher' suspect

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A D.C. man is charged for alleged lewd acts and an assault that happened last month on the Metrorail system, say Metro Transit Police officials.

According to officials, 22-year-old Steven Andrew Slaughter faces new charges for alleged lewd acts and an assault. Officials referred to Slaughter as an "accused 'cell phone flasher'" in their press release on Wednesday.

Slaughter is accused of approaching female riders and and showing them a lewd photograph of himself he had on his cell phone in January. According to officials, Slaughter would sometimes claim that he was raising money for a youth organization before showing the photo.

Officials say during that time -- between January 14 and 23 -- Slaughter was already on pre-trial release for cases in DC Superior Court, including a charge of lewd, indecent or obscene act for masturbating while on a Red Line train, and a second charge of simple assault from lifting up a woman's skirt at Woodley Park Station. The judge had ordered Slaughter not to ride Metro unless he needed to travel to court or go to case-related activity, according to officials.

Slaughter pleaded guilty to the earlier charges on January 24, say officials. He was sentenced to a year of supervised probation on February 7.

According to the press release from Metro Transit Police, "In the recent cases, Slaughter is charged with two counts of contempt because the alleged incidents took place while the 'stay away' order was in effect. In addition, he is charged with one new count of simple assault for allegedly spitting on a Good Samaritan who attempted to intervene when a victim was being harassed aboard a Red Line train."

Officials say Slaughter was identified using Metro's video surveillance footage in addition to witness statements and reports.

Slaughter is being held pending a detention hearing on February 14.


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