Man accused of flashing UNF students pleads not guilty

Man accused of asking female students directions while masturbating

Joseph Robert Jenkins was charged with indecent exposure after two incidents in the UNF parking lot in January and two other cases where he is accused of masturbating in front of women.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man accused of exposing himself to two female students on the campus of the University of North Florida and two women off campus pleaded not guilty Wednesday.

Joseph Robert Jenkins, 27, is charged with four counts of indecent exposure and one count of stalking.

A judge reduced Jenkins' bond Wednesday and ordered that he wear a GPS monitor if he's released from jail.

He will be back in court March 28.

According to the arrest report, Jenkins approached three women on Jan. 8 while driving a red Ford Mustang and started masturbating. Since two of those incidents occurred in parking lots of UNF campus housing, the school issued a campus-wide alert.

A similar incident happened the same day at the St. Johns Town Center. 

Police said Jenkins was actually pulled over on I-295 near the UNF entrance that day. He was questioned but released because the women couldn’t positively identify him. 

Jacksonville and UNF police, working together, connected the January incident to one that occurred last November, when a woman -- also a UNF student -- was followed from Arlington through downtown into Riverside by a man in a red car. 

"She drives into a highly populated area in Riverside. The guy approaches her anyway and she sees him masturbating," UNF Chief Frank Mackesy said. "Not only did she take the information down, but she took pictures of him in the car, the tag, the whole nine yards."

Mackesy said one of the women was able to positively identify Jenkins, and he was arrested.