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Accused William Peace student responds to indecent exposure reports

Posted March 14, 2013

Christopher Vincent Sumrell

— A William Peace University freshman who was accused of exposing himself on campus Tuesday responded to the allegations in an email to WRAL News Thursday, saying the incident was a misunderstanding.

Christopher Vincent Sumrell, 20, said he was ironing his clothes naked near an open window in his dorm room when he was spotted by three passers-by and reported to police.

Sumrell said he should have been more careful because of his criminal record, but that he was doing well at the university and getting his life on track.

He was charged Tuesday with three counts of indecent exposure, which is a misdemeanor. 

In September 2011, Cary police say Sumrell exposed himself to two women in a CVS parking lot. He was convicted in that case in August and placed on probation.

He also faces a charge of aiding and abetting armed robbery in connection with a string of robberies in Cary in July 2012.


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  • Coach K is still GREAT Mar 15, 2013

    I think his were intentions were... if anyone see's me great, if not... oh well...

  • wufpaker Mar 15, 2013

    Remember, three different people reported this guy to Raleigh Police. 2 men and 1 woman. Ironing. Really?

  • indrdw Mar 15, 2013

    Considering his record he should never have been on campus. I imagine quarters may be close and it would be hard to miss something like that as you passed. Most people make sure they are not where someone will see them when nude. I either close my blinds or go somewhere I cannot be seen from windows when needed.
    Can't believe the people who are taking up for him. Guess they are like the women that dress scantily then are offended if a man notices 'them'. You would have to go around some offices with a blindfold to prevent it. Hard to miss.

  • OGE Mar 15, 2013

    I'm glad this boy has got his life back on track...hopefully this case of invasion of privacy doesn't ruin him.

  • OGE Mar 15, 2013

    With his record, he should be expelled.

    The students invading his privacy should be expelled.

  • OGE Mar 15, 2013

    What was someone doing looking into his window anyway? Sounds like an invasion of privacy to me.

    The students reporting this should be charged with peeping.

  • OGE Mar 15, 2013

    This guy's story is about as believable as Oscar Pistorius

    So you believe he's innocent right?

  • anonemoose Mar 15, 2013

    My question is, Who at Peace College approved this application?

  • ccsmith1902 Mar 15, 2013

    With his record, he should be expelled.

  • Wiser_now Mar 15, 2013

    This guy has issues but I can see it now ... someone will try to pass a law that saying all windows must have draperies. Or better yet - windows will be made illegal.