John Van Conner MUG

John Van Conner

A Martin County man is being accused of showing his genitals to a group of minors during a dispute at a Crystal River-area hotel.

John Van Conner, 55, of Palm City, was arrested Sunday on a second-degree felony charge of lewd and lascivious exhibition, according to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s-office deputies investigating a disturbance that evening at the Plantation on Crystal River off of Fort Island Trail met with witnesses who said Conner was trying to defuse the situation, Conner’s arrest report shows.

Conner spotted someone recording him, and told them to “keep recording and record this” before he pulled his shorts up and exposed himself in front of several juveniles, including a 10-year-old, his arrest report shows.

Deputies jailed Conner on a $15,000 bond.

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