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Charges: Truck driver flashed, touched women at Twin Cities Target

The Chicago man has been charged with 5th-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Aaron Cecil Patton

A trucker from Illinois is facing charges in Minnesota after he allegedly exposed himself in front of two women at a Twin Cities Target store.

The incidents were reported on Sunday evening at the Target at 975 County Road E in Vadnais Heights, when sheriff's deputies were informed of a male customer who was "exposing himself and touching himself and the women inappropriately."

The customer was later identified as Aaron Cecil Patton, Jr., 38, of Chicago.

According to the criminal complaint, an employee told police that one of the women complained that Patton was "inappropriately bumping up against her repeatedly with his 'crotch,'" before she promptly left the store.

A second woman reported the same man walking up behind her and rubbing his penis on her, after telling police that she'd noticed him following her throughout the store.

After he rubbed against her, she turned around to see that his pant fly was gaping open and he was fully aroused.

Patton, a long-distance trucker whose semi-trailer was parked outside, told police that people were bumping up against him, rather than the other way round.

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