Charlotte County, FL – January 5, 2023

A naked man was arrested after exposing himself outside a Port Charlotte daycare. When deputies arrived, they were alerted by staff that they last noticed the male near the outdoor shower area on the right side of the building. Members made their way to a camper trailer that is being stored in the parking lot of the daycare. As they approached, they alerted the subject of their presence and requested that he exit the camper. The subject, identified as Derrick Lee Nelson (08/01/1978), was completely naked and crawled out of the camper, onto the ground, and into custody. Nelson’s clothing was located inside the trailer along with a small amount of THC near his items. While deputies spoke with Nelson, he exhibited signs of being under the influence of narcotics.

Throughout the investigation, daycare staff shared that they witnessed the male subject walk to the front door of the daycare while masturbating. Staff also stated he jiggled on the locked door handles, attempting to get inside the building.

Derrick Lee Nelson (08/01/1978) was arrested and transported to the Charlotte County Jail on the following:

  • Exposure of Sexual Organs
  • Possess Cntrl Sub WO Prescription
  • Drug Paraphernalia – Possession or Use Of

Nelson did not have permission to be inside the trailer where a broken television was located and was additionally charged with:

  • Burglary of an Unoccupied Conveyance Unarmed
  • Criminal Mischief More than $1000 Damaged

“This type of behavior is absurd. And especially around children. This is a clear sign that this individual is in need of an intervention. If you or someone you love is struggling, reach out. We can’t force you, but we can guide you.


Sheriff Prummell is working to eliminate drug addiction in our community through the Drug Recovery Initiative. Through this initiative, those seeking assistance can bring their user amount of drugs to any district office or call deputies to your location. Through partnership with Charlotte Behavioral Health Care, deputies will bring the caller to detox free of charge, without fear of arrest.