• Train passenger arrested for allegedly performing sex act on self


    DELAND, Fla. - A 33-year-old man was arrested on charges of lewd or lascivious exhibition for inappropriately touching himself in plain view on a passenger train, Volusia County authorities said.

    Daniel Michael of Marathon is accused of exposing himself in front of a young child during the incident, officers said.

    The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said they responded to an Amtrak station, just west of DeLand Tuesday morning after the conductor reported the incident to Amtrak authorities.

    An Amtrak agent called the Sheriff's Office, saying the train was due in the station in just a few minutes. When deputies got to the station at 9:16 a.m., Tuesday, the train had arrived and they talked to a passenger in the coach section who said that while he was trying to sleep, Michael was touching himself inappropriately in the seat next to him.

    The witness said Michael then got up while still exposed and walked down the aisle to the bathroom, passing by a small child along the way who appeared to be about 3 years old.

    Michael told authorities that his covers were moving back and forth because his stomach was itchy. Authorities said Michael then told them that he might have accidentally ejaculated on the bathroom floor.

    Michael was arrested and transported to the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach. He is being held on $20,000 bail.

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