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Police: Sex offender shows nude picture of himself to customer inside store

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GASTONIA, NC (WBTV) -

Gastonia Police have arrested a registered sex offender, after a woman says he showed a naked picture of himself to her inside a grocery store.

Jessica, who asked not to share her last name, says she was shopping at the Lowes Foods in Gastonia on Friday, when Marcus Carter began harassing her. She says Carter, 48, showed her a naked picture of himself on his phone.

"He was making crude comments to me and asking me for my phone number," she said.

Jessica says as she was walking away, Carter shoved his phone in her face.

"It was a picture of his penis, and he asked me for my phone number and my name and I ignored him," she said.

Gastonia Police arrived on the scene within a few minutes to take a report. Jessica says one of the officers told her that Carter did the same thing at a nearby Target.

WBTV pulled Carter's criminal records. He has been arrested several times in just the past few years.

In 2009, he spent more than three years in prison for taking indecent liberties with a child. In 1996, he was convicted of assaulting a female and attempted second degree sexual assault.

"He's sick. he needs help," said shopper Georgia Black.

Jessica says her story could have happened to anyone, anywhere. She says because of what happened, she'll make life changes immediately.

"I'm probably going to buy some pepper spray or mace," she said.

WBTV spoke to the manager of Lowes Foods who says he is sorry about what happened. He says he is cooperating with police.

Carter's bond is $50,000 and he was arrested on a probation violation Friday.

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