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Man arrested for marina nudity got another charge while in jail

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The man arrested for indecent exposure on the Intracoastal Waterway docks faces an additional charge after allegedly tampering with his jail cell sprinkler head. (Port City Daily/File)

WILMINGTON — Jason Daniel Jarvis, a 40-year-old resident of Forsyth County, was arrested Thursday by the Wilmington Police Department on a charge of indecent exposure. 

Jarvis exposed himself atop a sport fishing boat close to the Bridge Tender Marina, according to a police report and videos that circulated on social media depicting the event.

One video posted to Instagram by the account WB Diaries shows a naked man pacing on the top deck of a vessel, across the Intracoastal Waterway from Bluewater Waterfront Grill. In a second clip, the man, now wearing shorts with his hands up, is being approached by a uniformed police officer. 

“Evidently he was causing problems at Wrightsville Beach all week long,” said a Bridge Tender Marina employee who called police to alert them. “It took quite a while to get a police response here. It went on for 30 minutes.”

“We don’t know where he came from,” the marina employee said. The arrest report stated Jarvis exposed “his genitals and whole nude body” in a public place, specifically, “on the top deck of a boat in a populated marina,” visible to restaurant employees and patrons, and boaters on the waterway.  

Jarvis is being held in the New Hanover County jail. He was due in court on Friday, according to the sheriff’s office, and has another court date scheduled for Jan. 12, 2022. 

While in custody at the jail, Jarvis allegedly broke a sprinkler head, according to Lt. Jerry Brewer of the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. That incident has led to an additional charge related to instigating a false fire alarm and molesting a fire system. 

Brewer said sprinkler heads get broken by inmates around three times per month: “We’ll just put him in a cell that doesn’t have a sprinkler head.”

A spokesperson for the Wilmington Police Department said there is no additional information on Jarvis at this time, as it is still an ongoing investigation. An employee of Bluewater Waterfront Grill also declined to comment. 

“He just walked down there, climbed on that man’s boat and started throwing stuff overboard,” the marina employee said. “[I was] worried about him hurting himself or somebody else the whole time.”

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