WJHL.com - Former Mount Carmel Vice Mayor arrested again for indecent expos

Update: former Vice Mayor's accuser shares account of alleged harassment


Update Wednesday 11:45 am by Josh Smith, NewsChannel 11


Kingsport Police say the number of complaints against a former Mount Carmel, Tennessee elected official grew dramatically Wednesday as word continued to get out about bizarre allegations of high speed interstate indecent exposure.

Last week, police in Kingsport revealed that William Lee Blakely faces charges of indecent exposure, reckless endangerment and the attempt to commit aggravated assault.

Kingsport Police arrested Blakely twice last week.

They say people accuse Blakely of driving in his white truck at sometimes high rates of speed making sexually suggestive gestures and, in some cases, even exposing himself.

Tuesday, police said about a dozen victims had come forward claiming Blakely approached them in his truck on Interstate 26 and other major roadways.

Late Wednesday, police said that number had jumped to forty-six.

One of those forty-six says she went to police Wednesday after seeing our News Channel 11's report.

Worried about her safety - she asked we not  disclose her name.

"He was all thumbs up and I understood what he was trying to say," the woman said.  She asked we not disclose her identity. "Then he was blowing kisses and being really inappropriate.  And all this time we were going 65 to 70 mph."

The woman called the man's actions January 31st "inappropriate and harassing."    When she pulled out her phone to call for help, the man in the truck drove away.

Was that man William Lee Blakely?  "I'm sure it's him," she said.   "That's why I went to police.   He needs to be stopped.  This is not okay behavior to go on.  This is at least 46 families in this area that have been affected."

Kingsport Police say, while they've arrested Blakely twice in connection to this case, they've not yet talked to him.  They're asking anyone with information to come forward as they prepare to submit evidence to the grand jury.

William Blakely is out of jail on bond.




Update at 6:40 p.m. by Chris McIntosh, News Channel 11

More women came forward Tuesday after Kingsport Police announced even more charges against the former Vice Mayor of Mount Carmel.

William Lee Blakely is charged with reckless endangerment, attempt to commit aggravated assault and indecent exposure.

Local law Enforcement say they are investigating incidents on Interstate 26, Highway 11-w, and Highway 394.

Kingsport Police have arrested Blakely twice and the number of complaints that they are investigating against him are growing daily.

Most of the complaints coming into Kingsport Police have taken place here on Interstate 26.

Female drivers have told Kingsport Police that a truck would drive up very quickly next to their car.

The man inside would honk his horn, blow kisses at them, lift his shirt in an attempt to get them to do the same, and sometimes make inappropriate gestures or expose himself.

According to Kingsport Police Lt. Bob Abernathy, "In some case he ran up behind them...flashing his lights...blowing his horn...he swerved at them from the side and we've had a couple of cases where he actually pulled in front of them and slammed on his brakes. Now after we released then information yesterday...now we're up...yesterday afternoon...we were at 26 cases...we're at 37 right now."

We tried to contact Blakely today to get his side of this story, we went to his home and he didn't answer the door or was not there.

We also called him multiple times and left voice messages, which so far have not been returned.

Blakely will appear in Kingsport General Sessions Court on April the 4th.


Here's the earlier report:


A former Vice Mayor of Mount Carmel, Tennessee was arrested twice last week on indecent exposure and other charges.

Kingsport Police told News Channel 11 they arrested William Lee Blakely, 30, last Wednesday and charged him with one count of indecent exposure.

The second arrest came last Friday when police charged Blakely with indecent exposure, attempted assault and reckless endangerment.

According to police, a woman said Blakely was driving alongside her vehicle on Interstate 26 when he started making obscene gestures and fondling himself.

Kingsport Police said several other people have called to report similar accusations against Blakely.

Here's an excerpt from the police report:

"In most complaints the defendant would drive very quickly upon the female driver and start honking his horn.  They advised he would then start blowing kisses, waving his arms, point at himself, shrug his shoulders, and try to get them to pull up their shirt.  The victims stated that he would drive back and forth from lane to lane and get very close to their vehicle making them fear that he might hit them or cause a wreck."

Police asked the public to contact the Criminal Investigation Division at 423-229-9429 if they had information that would assist in this investigation.

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