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Man shows his genitals to 5-year-old girl playing with stuffed animals at book store

By Mason White 5:37 PM August 17, 2017
John Hammel
John Hammel
By: Alexis Bell

(Scroll down for video) A father was horrified to learn that a man exposed genitals to his little girl who was playing with stuffed animals at a book store, according to police in Ohio.

The Columbus Police Department said that they have arrested 51-year-old John Hammel of Dublin, and he was charged with 5 counts of public indecency.

On Friday, at about 7:30 p.m., employees at Half Price Books, which is located at 2642 Bethel Road, called to report Hammel, who exposed his genitals to the 5-year-old girl.

By the time police arrived at the scene, the suspect was no longer in the area.

The 5-year-old girl stated that she was in the children’s area looking at books and stuffed animals when the suspect began talking with her and eventually exposed his genitals.

The girl later told her father what happened. Based on the initial investigation, the suspect did not touch the victim.

Several weeks after the incident, police officers were advised that Hammel was exposing and fondling himself at Petland, which is located at 2620 Bethel Road.

Witnesses at Half Price Books and Petland positively identified Hammel as the suspect. He was booked into jail, and his bail was set at $10,000.

If convicted, Hammel faces up to 240 days in prison.