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Indecency counts merit felonies

Michels

– A Fort Wayne man with a history of public indecency now faces felony charges for allegedly exposing himself to women at two Fort Wayne stores.

Mark V. Michels, 47, of the 3300 block Chestnut Street, was charged Tuesday with sexual battery and two counts of public indecency.

The afternoon of May 12, Michels greeted a woman as she walked into Michaels, an arts and crafts store at 4230 W. Jefferson Blvd. He followed her inside and approached her, starting a conversation about items in the aisle, according to court papers.

Uncomfortable, the woman turned away and kept shopping. A short while later, she felt something against her backside. She turned around and saw Michels exposing himself, court papers stated.

“What are you doing?” the woman asked. “I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry,” Michels said before running out of the store and driving off, according to court papers.

The night of June 21, a worker at Meijer, 5909 Illinois Road, saw Michels exposing himself in the shoe department, court papers said.

The worker called 911 on her cellphone, and Michels left the store and drove away, court papers said.

Both women later picked Michels out of a photo lineup, court papers stated.

According to prison and court records, Michels was convicted of rape in 1984; misdemeanor public indecency in 1994; and public indecency and indecent exposure, both misdemeanors, in 1999. He was also convicted of robbery in 2007 and 2009, records show. Michels, who has a warrant for his arrest, was not in custody Wednesday.

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