Sex offender charged with exposing himself to girl, woman

Man faces felony for alleged flashing incident at Belgium gas station
By 
BilL SCHAEN IV
ozaukee Press staaff

A 31-year-old sex offender was charged in Ozaukee County Circuit Court Monday with flashing two people, including a 16-year-old girl, at a gas station in Belgium in February.

Patrick M. Toth, who was living at a Belgium motel at the time, is charged with exposing his genitals, a felony, and lewd and lascivious behavior, a misdemeanor.

He was charged with the misdemeanor in February, but the felony charge was added this week because he is now accused of flashing a minor.

According to a criminal complaint, a woman told authorities that at 11 p.m. Feb. 12, she walked out of the BP gas station store and got into her car when a man later identified as Toth approached her car and exposed himself to her while making a “super creepy Joker” smile. She said he was wearing what appeared to be sweatpants, a green jacket and grayish-black beanie.

Gas station surveillance video confirmed the woman’s story and showed the man walking toward the Belgium Inn and Suites after the woman drove away, the complaint states.

The owner of the motel was immediately able to identify the man as Toth based on what he was wearing, saying he wears the same thing almost every day, according to the complaint.

The motel owner also noted that Toth has a prior conviction for similar behavior. According to court records, he pleaded guilty in Washington County Circuit Court to one misdemeanor count of lewd and lascivious behavior in November 2019 and was sentenced to 60 days in jail.

Authorities investigating the Belgium incidents went to the Belgium Inn and Suites just hours after the Feb. 12 incident and found Toth in his room. He admitted being at the gas station but denied that he exposed himself to the woman, the complaint states.

Investigators also spoke with a 16-year-old girl who said she was at the same gas station between 8 and 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 9 when she noticed a man in the store who had long, light-colored hair and a trimmed beard, was wearing baggy sweatpants and a brown coat and smelled of cigarettes, body odor and alcohol. She said the man gave her a “weird smile” before making a purchase and leaving the store.

The girl said when she walked out of the store, she saw the man standing in front of her car. She got in her vehicle, locked the doors and was checking her phone when the man walked around the car to the driver’s side window and exposed himself, the complaint states. She said the man then walked to the Belgium Inn and Suites.

When shown a photo array, the girl was not able to identify the man as Toth and in fact said she was 25% confident that a “filler photo” was a picture of the offender, according to the complaint.

When confronted by authorities, Toth said he had been living at the Belgium Inn and Suites since September 2021.

He said he frequents the BP gas station to buy cigarettes, cigars and energy drinks and was most likely there the evening of Feb. 9 when the 16-year-old girl said she saw him there.

Toth denied exposing himself but told authorities “I’ve been pretty messed up on Delta-8 lately,” adding that he couldn’t remember what he did at the gas station. Toth then said he didn’t believe he exposed himself to anyone “... but if it turns out to be me, OK, I’ll take the consequences,” according to the complaint.

Toth has pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor and is scheduled to make his initial court appearance on the felony charge on May 4.

Toth, who is being held in prison for allegedly violating his probation in connection with a prior conviction, is currently at the Dodge Correctional Institution.

Toth pleaded guilty to third-degree sexual assault in Waukesha County in July 2010, a conviction that required him to register as a sex offender.

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