Steven Slaughter accused of flashing explicit photos to Metro riders

(WJLA) - Metro Transit Police have arrested a 22-year-old Washington man they've deemed a "cell phone flasher" after he allegedly showed Red Line riders inappropriate photos of himself.

Steven Andrew Slaughter is charged for lewd acts and for an assault that happened in January along the Red Line.

Between Jan. 14-23, police say Slaughter allegedly approached several female Red Line riders as they waited for trains and showed them "a lewd photograph of himself on his cell phone screen."

In some cases, police say Slaughter approached victims and claimed he was raising money for a youth organization.

Slaughter was identified through surveillance and witness statements.

At the time of the incidents, Slaughter was on pre-trial release for several cases in D.C. Superior Court, including a charge of lewd, indecent or obscene act for masturbating on a Red Line train, and a second charge of simple assault from an alleged incident at the Woodley Park Metro station in which he lifted a woman's skirt.

A judge ordered Slaughter to stay off Metro, except for travel to court or case-related activity.

Slaughter pleaded guilty to the earlier charges on Jan. 24. He was sentenced to one year of supervised release on Feb. 7.

In the recent cases, Slaughter was charged with two counts of contempt because the alleged incidents took place while the "stay away" order was in effect. He is also charged with one new count of simple assault for allegedly spitting on a Good Samaritan who tried to intervene when a victim was being harassed on a Red Line train.

“Sexual harassment, inappropriate touching and lewd behavior have absolutely no place on Metro, and we will use all tools at our disposal to arrest those who commit such acts," said Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik.

Slaughter is being held pending a Feb. 14 hearing.