KINGSPORT — A former Mount Carmel alderman and vice mayor who was arrested last week now faces additional counts of exposing himself, reckless endangerment and aggravated assault — with police saying they've received 26 separate reports of his allegedly lewd and dangerous behavior.
William Lee Blakely, 30, of 1031 Allison Road, Piney Flats, was first arrested Wednesday by Kingsport police on one count of indecent exposure. The charge was prompted by allegations from a female motorist on Feb. 15, claiming Blakely "fondled himself" and made obscene gestures while they drove beside each other on Interstate 26. She later identified Blakely and his vehicle out of a photo lineup provided by investigators.
KPD detectives say that media coverage of the incident has spurred 26 additional claims from females throughout the region. The victims are reportedly ages 20 to 60, with juvenile witnesses in at least one vehicle allegedly also seeing the suspect's exposed genitalia.