Charleston County Sheriff's Office
A restaurant owner who exposed himself at a women's business event last week is now in custody on a charge of indecent exposure, Charleston Police say.
Michael Charles Ray is being held at the Al Cannon Detention Center, according to Charleston Police Department spokesperson Charles Francis. Ray, 48, owns the Normandy Farm Bakery locations in West Ashley and downtown and the restaurant One Broad Street.
He surrendered at police headquarters on 180 Lockwood Blvd. at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and was booked into county jail at 8:31 p.m
Indecent exposure is a misdemeanor in South Carolina. The charge carries a maximum jail time of three years
On Fri. Oct. 26 at 8 p.m., Ray walked into the event space above his Broad Street restaurant, stood in front of several women posing for a photograph at a product launch party, and "dropped his pants around his ankles exposing his buttocks and genitalia," according to a police report.
The event showcased sustainable wares from companies across the Southeast that are headed by women.
A witness said that she had worked with Ray in the past, and that he donned a blue "Normandy Farms Baker" T-shirt during the incident.
In a statement sent to local media on Monday, Ray announced that he was stepping down from "day to day operations" at his two businesses and that he would seek counseling for his actions.
"I cannot apologize enough," he said. "I am sorry to everyone affected by my actions. I would like to apologize to everyone at the event, my staff, my family, and the people of Charleston. I know that I am better than my actions. I hope to recover and come out a much better and healthier person."
Ben Johnson took over as director of operations for Normandy Farm and One Broad "effective immediately."
One Broad is located at 1 Broad St. in downtown Charleston. Normandy Farm has two locations: one downtown at 19 Broad St. and one in West Ashley at 32 Windermere Blvd.